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Water Is Necessary for Mosquito Eggs to Hatch

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Mosquitoes spend their first 10 days in water because water is necessary for the eggs to hatch into larvae, also called wigglers. Wigglers feed on organic matter in stagnant water and breathe oxygen from the surface. It only takes a few days for the pupae to transform into adult mosquitoes. As we all know, mosquitos are bothersome pests that carry diseases and suck blood. However, one of the talents they possess—that no other animal has—is the ability to walk up walls and on water. Other pests may be able to scale walls but others can’t walk up the wall without falling back.

In addition to being born underwater and laying their eggs on the surface of water, mosquitos escape their predators by staying safe on our walls and ceilings. With their special foot pads, mosquitos are easily able to stick to both vertical and upside-down surfaces.

The more rain in an area, the more mosquitos can be found in tall grass, weeds, and brush near inhabited locations like homes and other buildings. They breed in stagnant and standing fresh water that can be found around the home. Be sure to empty the water from all of the birdbaths, cans, buckets, discarded tires and other artificial containers on your property.

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