How helpful is a rain storm to mosquitoes?
Mosquitoes need water to breed. A rain storm will create ample breeding sites the day of a storm and 5-6 days afterwards, it’s game on for mosquitoes! This is why…
The entire lifespan of a mosquito is odd in that two of the life cycles are in water. We all know of adult mosquitoes flying around, biting us making us miserable.
Standing water after a rain may be obvious (such as puddles) however there are many spots in people’s lawns with nooks and crannies that hold water.
Female mosquitoes create eggs in bunches of up to 300 (known as rafts) and lay them directly onto the water surface of stagnant or still water. Just 1 teaspoon of water is needed to support mosquito breeding. Think of all of the places that can hold a tsp of plain water!
The eggs hatch in 24 – 48 hours into mosquito larvae that are known as ‘wigglers’. The larvae feed on microorganisms in the water like algae, bacteria, fungi, etc. sweeping all available food into their submerged mouths. Periodically , they come up to the surface to breathe through a straw-like component called a siphon.
The pupae stage has no feeding as the metamorphosis into adult happens.
When there’s a big rainstorm, there will be many areas with standing water that mosquitoes will discover. Adult females need protein to be able to make eggs and that protein comes from blood. They could bite humans, livestock, birds, etc. After it rains, females immediately begin searching for a blood meal which may be you!
Then in 5 or 6 days, a crop of mosquitoes will probably hatch to start the entire process over again. Females can lay up to 300 eggs every 3 days and may live for up to 2 months. Now that’s a lot of blood suckers!
It is all about the rain for mosquitoes, bottom line if you’re having a big problem with mosquitoes, you should contact Melbourne FL Wildlife Removal.