Mosquitoes are among the most annoying and dangerous pests in and around the St. Louis region. They create serious problems with farm animals and interfere with outdoor sports and BBQs. Most of all, mosquitoes are capable of transmitting health threatening diseases such as West Nile virus, encephalitis, and chikungunya.
Mosquitoes are a huge concern to St. Louis residents. Not only are they known for what they may spread, mosquitoes have quite a reputation for interrupting summer activities. There are more than 170 different types of mosquitoes in the United States.
The mosquito goes through four different stages of growth. The first three stages prior to adult maturity require standing water for development. It only takes about one inch of standing water for mosquitoes to live and develop into the next stage. These stages consist of eggs, larvae and pupa. Some species will lay a single egg on the surface of water while others will lay a raft or batch of 100 or more eggs. The eggs laid on water surfaces will usually hatch within a day or two. Other species will lay single eggs on wet soil that is normally subject to flooding. These eggs will not hatch until flooding takes place. This may be months or even years later.
The larvae that comes from the egg are very small and almost invisible to the eye. They will then molt three more times, increasing in size during each molt. It is during this 4th molt that the larva becomes a pupa. The adult mosquito will emerge from the pupa within a couple days.
Female mosquitoes are equipped with a stinger. This stinger is called a proboscis and is used to penetrate and suck blood from humans and animals. The males have a probe for getting nectar and plant juices but are not capable of stinging.
Your body heat and the carbon dioxide from your breath are both attractants to the mosquito. In fact, the carbon dioxide will leave a scent for the mosquitoes to follow. Mosquitoes need heat and can only survive in warm temperatures. They will become inactive once the temperature drops to 50 degrees or less for any extended period of time.
These facts and information about mosquitoes are enough to make anyone aware of the need for prevention methods to lessen the opportunity of mosquito invasions. Knowing the need of water for development, take precaution to remove any standing water from the premise. This includes birdbaths, flowerpot trays, old tires and anything that collects water. Empty any birdbaths or wading pools at least once a week to eliminate any eggs or larvae.
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