Where Do Mosquitoes Breed in Illinois and Indiana?
Most species of mosquitoes require a source of still water to lay their eggs on. Standing water can be found in many places around your property. Common mosquito breeding areas include:
- Ponds, marshes, and bogs
- Pools or spas
- Fountains or birdbaths
- Garden planters
- Children’s playsets
- Clogged gutters/drains
- Stacks of tires
Where Are Mosquito Eggs Found?
Mosquitoes need a source of standing water to breed. They often seek out areas that have shallow stagnant water, but they will also use deep puddles. A female mosquito lays anywhere from 100 to 300 eggs at a time, placing them on top of the standing water. Only about 1/4 of an inch long, the conglomerate of eggs can look like a tiny speck floating in the water.
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Will Mosquitoes Breed Without Water?
All mosquitoes use water in the breeding process, as water is necessary for the eggs to hatch. Most species lay their eggs directly on the source of standing water, while others will lay their eggs closeby. In rare cases, eggs that are laid too far away from the water can survive for years before hatching. However, in most cases, mosquitoes need water to reproduce properly.
Common Mosquito Breeding Areas in Illinois and Indiana
There are many sites around your home that can become popular mosquito breeding grounds. These insects are highly practical and will find even the smallest source of stagnant water to lay their eggs. This makes it important to develop a plan to prevent mosquitoes from using your yard as their breeding grounds year after year. The professional mosquito exterminators at Anderson Pest Solutions can help locate potential breeding grounds on your property and eliminate them before mosquito season.