How important is a rain storm to mosquitoes?
Mosquitoes need water to breed. A rain storm will create ample breeding sites the day of a storm and then 5-6 days later, it’s game on for mosquitoes! Here is why…
Water after a rain may be evident (such as puddles) however there are numerous spots in people’s lawns with nooks and crannies that catch water. Some that are often overlooked are basins underneath flower pots, children’s toys, clogged gutters, grill covers, and even large leaves can accumulate sufficient water to breed mosquitoes.
The female mosquitoes lay eggs in bunches of up to 300 (called rafts) and put them directly on the surface of stagnant or still water. Just 1 teaspoon of water is necessary to support mosquito breeding. Think of all the places that can hold a teaspoon of plain water!
The eggs hatch in 24 – 48 hours into mosquito larvae that are called ‘wigglers’. The larvae feed on microorganisms in the water like algae, bacteria, parasites, etc, sweeping all available food into their submerged mouths. Gradually, they come up to the surface to breathe through a straw-like component known as a siphon.
The pupae stage doesn’t have any feeding since the metamorphosis into adult occurs. The pupae floats on the surface of the water and following 1-4 days at the pupae stage, the adult mosquito emerges.
When there’s a big rainstorm, there will be a number of places with standing water that mosquitoes will find. Adult females need protein to have the ability to make eggs and that protein comes from blood. They can bite people, livestock, birds, etc. . after a rain, females immediately begin looking for a blood meal that can be you!
Then within 5 or 6 days, a crop of mosquitoes will probably hatch to begin the whole process over again. And again. Females can lay up to 300 eggs every 3 days and can live for up to 2 months. Now that’s a lot of blood suckers! Call Critter Removal Companies for help.