Mosquito larvae, commonly called “wigglers,” live in water from 4 to 14 days depending on water temperature.
Larvae of almost all species must come to the surface at frequent intervals to obtain oxygen through a breathing tube called a siphon. Larvae of Coquillettidia and Mansonia possess modified siphons that allow them to pierce the stems of emergent vegetation in water and draw their oxygen from the plant in this process. Larvae are constantly feeding since maturation requires a huge amount of energy and food. They hang with their heads down and the brushes by their mouths filtering anything small enough to be eaten toward their mouths to nourish the growing larvae. They feed on algae, plankton, fungi and bacteria and other microorganisms. They breath at the water surface with the breathing tube up breaking the water surface tension. The larvae of a few mosquito species are cannibalistic, feeding on larvae of other mosquitoes: Toxorhynchites and some Psorophora, the largest mosquitoes known, are predators of other mosquito larvae sharing their habitat. Their larvae are much larger than other mosquito larvae.
During growth, the larva molts (sheds its skin) four times. The stages between molts are called instars. At the 4th instar, the usual larva reaches a length of almost 1/2 inch and toward the end of this instar ceases feeding. When the 4th instar larva molts, it becomes a pupa.
Most Common Mosquito Breeding Sites
The variety of breeding places of the Dengue mosquito in your surroundings.
- Old tires
- Laundry tanks
- Uncovered tanks/cisterns
- Discarded buckets and containers
- Pet dishes
- Construction blocks
- Discarded tin cans
- Tree holes and bamboo
- Bottle pieces on top of walls
- Old shoes
- Flower pots
- Discarded toys
- Roof guttering
- Bromeliad plants
- Garden containers and tools
- Brick holes
- Unmaintained wading/swimming pools
How to Quickly Kill Mosquito Larvae in Standing Water
Standing water is one of the most common places that you will find mosquito larvae hiding since water is where the female mosquitoes lay eggs. Each female mosquito has the potential to lay eggs that could potentially turn into over 1,000 mosquitoes.
That is why it’s so important to kill mosquito larvae as soon as you notice it because it can quickly create hundreds of baby mosquitoes. There are several methods and products out there that can kill mosquito larvae, but we wanted to focus on a couple of the best products.
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Ministry of Health & Wellness. (2022, February 7). Dengue Mosquito Breeding Places. Retrieved February 8, 2022, from https://www.moh.gov.jm/edu-resources/dengue-mosquito-breeding-places/
Organic Lesson. (2021, January 24). How to Quickly Kill Mosquito Larvae in Standing Water. Retrieved February 8, 2022, from https://www.organiclesson.com/kill-mosquito-larvae/
The American Mosquito Control Association. (n. d.). Mosquito Info Biology. Retrieved February 8, 2022, from https://www.mosquito.org/page/biology