01 – EGG STAGE
An adult female mosquito can lay approximately 100-400 eggs in clusters called rafts, which float on the surface of the water, or eggs may be laid singly on the surface of the water or the water’s edge (depending on the species of mosquito). Within 2-3 days the eggs hatch into larvae.
02 – LARVAL STAGE
Larvae can be found close to the surface of the water where they breathe and feed. Larvae are found in a wide variety of standing water sources including neglected swimming pools, rice fields, irrigated pastures, ditches, storm drains, household containers, tree holes, ponds, horse troughs, and even discarded tires. Larvae shed their skin four times during the next several days or weeks, finally changing into a pupa.
03 – PUPAL STAGE
In the pupal stage, the mosquito grows inside of a cocoon-like shell. Once fully developed, the pupal skin splits and the mosquito emerges as an adult.
04 – ADULT STAGE
The newly emerged adult mosquito rests on the surface of the water until it is strong enough to fly. Female mosquitoes require a blood meal to lay eggs. Male mosquitoes do not feed on blood. Female mosquitoes are attracted by heat and carbon dioxide to hosts such as humans, mammals, and birds. Diseases are transmitted when female mosquitoes feed on an infected host and then feed on an uninfected host.