How important is that rain storm to mosquitoes?
Mosquitoes need water to breed. A rain storm will create ample breeding sites during the day of a storm and 5-6 days afterwards, it’s game on for mosquitoes and Snake Removal! This is why…
The life cycle of a mosquito is odd in that 2 of the entire life cycles are in plain water. We all know about adult mosquitoes flying around, biting us making us miserable. That is where the rain comes in.
Standing water after a rain may be obvious (such as puddles) but there are numerous spots in people’s lawns with nooks and crannies that catch water. Some that are frequently overlooked are basins underneath flower pots, children’s toys, clogged gutters, grill covers and even huge leaves can accumulate enough water to breed mosquitoes.
The female mosquitoes produce eggs in bunches of up to 300 (called rafts) and put them directly onto the water surface of stagnant or still water. Only 1 teaspoon of plain water is necessary to encourage mosquito breeding. Think of all of the places that could hold a tsp of water!
The eggs hatch in 24 – 48 hours to mosquito larvae that are called ‘wigglers’. The larvae feed on microorganisms in the water like algae, bacteria, parasites, etc., by sweeping all accessible food into their submerged mouths. Gradually they come up to the surface to breathe through a straw-like component called a siphon.
Larvae become pupae within 4 – 14 days depending on the water temperature (warmer water means shorter breeding times). The pupae stage has no feeding as the metamorphosis into adult occurs.
If there is a large rainstorm, there’ll be many places with standing water that mosquitoes will find. Adult females need protein to have the ability to produce eggs and that protein stems from blood. They can bite people, livestock, birds, etc., . after a rain, females immediately begin looking for a blood meal, that can be you!
Then after 5 or 6 days, a bumper crop of mosquitoes will hatch to begin the whole process over again. And again. Females can lay up to 300 eggs every three days and can live for up to 2 months. Now that is plenty of blood suckers!
It is all about the rain to get mosquitoes.