WHERE DO MOSQUITOES LIVE? in Spokane WA and Coeur d'Alene ID

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Have you ever found yourself swatting away at the incessant buzzing of mosquitoes, or perhaps scratching at the annoyingly itchy bites they leave behind? You know the risks these pests bring, but have you ever wondered where they came from, or where they go when they’re done annoying you?

If you’re seeking answers, you’re not alone. So, where do these pesky insects make their homes? Let’s explore the hideouts and breeding grounds of mosquitoes and arm you with the knowledge to protect your home and health.

Where to Check for Mosquitoes

Mosquitoes prefer to live and rest in shaded areas that are protected from wind. Here are some examples of areas where you might find resting mosquitoes:

  • Underneath leafy branches of shrubs and trees
  • Inside hollow logs or in the crevices of tree bark
  • Under decks and along fence lines
  • In garages, sheds, and other outdoor structures
  • Behind hanging tarps or in unused gardening pots
  • In thick grass or in garden debris

Areas Where Mosquitoes Breed

Mosquitoes breed in areas near stagnant or standing water. It doesn’t have to be much. Mosquitoes also breed in areas near people or animals. A female mosquito requires a blood meal before laying eggs. Without it, she can’t lay the eggs.

When you combine access to water with access to blood meals, you have a viable mosquito breeding ground.

Here are conditions that are ideal for mosquito breeding:

  • Stagnant water that is undisturbed by wind or flow.
  • Shaded water spots, as they prevent the water from evaporating quickly.
  • Organic matter in the water, such as leaves or twigs, which can provide nutrients for larvae.
  • Warm temperatures, which speed up the growth of mosquito larvae.

Where Do Mosquitoes Lay Eggs?

Mosquitoes lay their eggs in water because their larvae need water to develop. It’s surprising how little water is actually needed for mosquitoes to reproduce.

  • Mosquitoes can lay eggs in as little as a tablespoon of water.
  • The eggs hatch into larvae, which live in the water and feed on microscopic organisms.
  • Managing mosquito populations effectively involves eliminating or regularly emptying standing water.

Where Should You Look for Mosquito Larvae and Eggs?

Simply dumping out or eliminating standing water can go a long way toward mosquito prevention. Here are some areas we recommend checking:

  • Bird baths
  • Pet water bowls
  • Old tires
  • Rain gutters
  • Potted plant trays
  • Children’s toys left outdoors

Can Mosquitoes Live in Your House?

Indeed, mosquitoes can venture indoors. While they don’t typically establish long-term residences inside, they can survive indoors if they find minimal water and shelter. Here are typical spots where mosquitoes might be found inside your home:

  • Near houseplants where they can find moisture.
  • In and around sinks or other areas with standing water.
  • In laundry rooms, basements, or garages where humidity levels are higher.

We’ll Find Them – No Matter Where

At the height of mosquito season, it can seem like mosquitoes are coming from everywhere. Don’t worry – it only seems that way. Our experienced mosquito control experts can locate and get rid of them.

For highly effective mosquito control in the Spokane/Northern Idaho area, make Eden Advanced Pest Technologies your choice. Contact us today for a free quote.

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