Mosquitoes are known to carry and transmit diseases, although only a small number of species are considered a major concern. It is their persistent biting that is a major disruption to people. This can affect people’s outdoor lifestyles to a stage where mosquito control is essential.
The Mosquito’s reproduction cycle relies on a water habitat, with the immature stage of life being totally aquatic. The adult female will return to a water habitat to lay a batch of eggs. Most mosquitoes then stay within a two-kilometer distance from their original breeding place, hence mosquitoes being more of a problem along the edges of wetlands, lakes and rivers. On average, a female mosquito will live for about three weeks, with the male less than this.
Both males and females will feed on plant fluids and nectar, but only the female will seek a blood meal as a source of protein for reproduction. They are attracted to people and animals by various stimuli, including body odors, carbon dioxide, movement and heat. The female will then probe the skin for a blood capillary, injecting a small amount of saliva containing chemicals, which prevent the person or animal’s blood from clotting.
After feeding on blood, the female will find a place to rest, digesting their meal and developing eggs. She will then fly off to a suitable water habitat to lay eggs. The larvae’s development depends on the availability of food and the temperature, but generally, takes one to two weeks. They develop into a pupa, from which the adult mosquito hatches about two days later to feed, mate and begin the breeding cycle once again.
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