Mosquitoes are small flying insects that bite humans and other animals. In addition to being itchy and annoying, some mosquitoes can transmit diseases such as West Nile Virus and malaria to humans and animals. There are many different species of mosquitoes with different preferences for climate and breeding territory. Typically, mosquitoes lay their eggs in standing water. Mosquito larvae hatch from the eggs and remain in the water, feeding on tiny organisms. Once they mature, adult mosquitoes leave the water to seek a blood meal and breed. They continue the cycle by laying new eggs in water. To learn more about mosquito biology, visit the links below.
Many community agencies conduct wide area mosquito spraying (or fogging) to control local mosquito populations, however there are steps you can take to reduce mosquito populations without using insecticides, such as removing standing water to prevent young mosquitoes from growing up. You can also protect yourself from mosquito bites with various insect repellents on the market today. For help selecting a mosquito repellent, try our Insect Repellent Locator.