Culex species and others
One of the best known summer pests, mosquitoes breed in stagnant
water or soft soil and can develop from egg to adult in 10 to 14
||Varies; Pale brown with whitish stripes across abdomen
Female mosquitoes suck our blood. Male mosquitoes feed on plant
nectars. They can develop from egg to adult in 10 to 14 days. They
are most active from dusk to dawn and will fly up to 14 miles for a
Mosquitoes breed in stagnant water sources such as storm drains,
old tires, children's wading pools and birdbaths.
Mosquitoes are well-known to spread diseases such as West Nile
Virus, malaria and dengue fever.
Eliminate or reduce mosquito breeding sites by replacing all
standing water at least once a week. This includes bird baths,
ponds and unfiltered pools. Remove unneeded vegetation or trash
from around any standing water sources that cannot be changed,
dumped or removed. Introduce mosquito-eating fish such as gambusia,
green sunfish, bluegills and minnows to standing water. Screen
windows, doors and other openings with mesh. Avoid going outdoors
when and where mosquitoes are most active: during dusk or dawn. Use
insect repellent containing DEET on exposed skin whenever or
wherever mosquitoes are likely to bite.