Summertime Mosquito Information
This August will most likely continue to be warm and wet with an active hurricane season. To protect yourself and your neighbors from mosquitoes, it is important to stop them from becoming adults. This can be done without chemicals. All mosquitoes need water to breed and grow in. The adults lay their eggs on the surface of water or near water. The larvae hatch (left picture) and most feed on detritus. They then go into a nonfeeding stage called a pupa (middle picture) where the wings and adult features form under the skin. In about five to seven days they become adults. Only female mosquitoes feed on blood. They use the blood for protein to lay eggs. Not all mosquitoes feed on people. However, the ones that do tend to lay their eggs in small pools of water, such as cups, bird fountains, trash, tires and plant saucers.
To stop them from becoming adults, you can:
- Remove water-collecting trash.
- Dump, rinse, and refill water-holding containers every five days.
- Add fish (such as guppies or goldfish) to larger water containers, ponds, and the like.
- Make sure boats drain after rainfall.
- If you have larger water containers, Mosquito dunks (BT-I*) can be very effective without hurting other wildlife. (Still not recommended for consumption)
- Rain barrels should have fine mesh over the top to ensure mosquitoes can’t lay eggs in them.
- Water storage containers should be sealed tight.
*BT-I is a bacteria produced toxin that punches holes in the digestive tracts of mosquitoes and kills them. Learn more.
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