Life Cycle of a Mosquito

The length of mosquito life cycle varies between species and majorly depends on environmental conditions such as temperature and moisture. Nonetheless, the life cycle of all mosquitoes is comprised of 4 stages.Thefour stages include:

  1. Eggs
  2. Larvae
  3. Pupae
  4. Adult

Mosquito Lifecycle

Stage 1 - Eggs:

The eggs are laid on surface of water or near the water. The eggs stick to each other and form a raft. Independent eggs stay afloat on the surface of water. In approximately, 24-48 hours eggs hatch and release larvae.

Stage 2 - Larvae

Mosquitoes take approximately a period of 7 days to complete the development of the larvae stage. Food and temperature conditions are essential in the development stage. At this stage, water can be treated with larvicides to block the larvae from going into the next stage thatcan help in getting rid of mosquito borne viruses.

Stage 3 – Pupae

This is a resting and a non-feeding stage, but pupae at this stage begins to move. Pupae startresponding to light changes and move with a flip of their tails towards protective areas.Thisis the time when a mosquito changes into an adult. This process is similar to metamorphosis seen in butterflies when a butterfly is in its developing stage.

Stage 4 - Adult

The newly emerged adult rests on the surface of water for a short duration while allowing itself to dry and harden all its body parts. The wings should spread out and dry appropriately before it can fly. Blood feeding and mating does not happen for a few days after the pupae turns into an adult.

The duration of each stage depends on both temperature and species characteristics. Some mosquitoes might go through its life cycle in 14 days while some species naturally adapt to go through their entire life cycle in as little as 4 days or as long as 1 month.

Most mosquitoes require standing water to multiple. Distinctive mosquito species are found in various natural surroundings. A few mosquitoes are considered "floodwater" species that breed in water environments, while others are viewed as "lasting water" mosquitoes and breed in water sources that stay for significant amount of time.

Regardless of what environment is favored by them, all mosquitoes experience a similar four-organize life cycle.

How can you protect yourself from a mosquito bite?

Mosquito repellent is one of the most effective ways to protect yourself from the mosquito bites and get rid of them. A mosquito repellent likeOdomos is highly effective in keeping the mosquitoes away. New advanced Odomos uses a formula which masks the distinctive body odor that human skin emits and offers 99.9% protection against mosquito bites.Availablein gel, cream, spray, roll on, patches and wrist band formats; it can prove effective in staying protected against their bite for up to 8 hours.

Source: https://www.epa.gov/mosquitocontrol/mosquito-life-cycle

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