Mosquito control is one thing that a lot of people think about once summer comes around. Mosquitoes are one thing that we’d rather get rid of than tolerate. But adult mosquitoes aren’t your only enemy when it comes to battling these annoying insects.
In addition to regular adult mosquito control, you really should also think about larvae control. This will ensure that you get rid of not only those mosquitoes that are bothering you now. You’ll also be getting rid of those that will soon mature into adult mosquitoes, which are sure to bother you in the near future.
Mosquito Larvae Basics
First, let’s talk about mosquito larvae.
This is basically the second stage of mosquito development. First, the mosquitoes are in egg form. Then, after 24 to 48 hours, the larvae emerge from the eggs. They spend from 4 to 14 days in this stage before developing their pupae. A few days later, full-grown adult mosquitoes emerge, ready and willing to bite you. Only then, with the proteins they get from our blood, can they lay their eggs and continue the life cycle.
During this larval stage, the mosquito slowly develops and grows so that once the time is right, it can mature into an adult mosquito. To be able to do so and because they live in standing water, the larvae resurface at regular intervals to breathe oxygen. They also feed on any small particles of algae, fungi, bacteria, and such that are in the water to get as much energy as they can before entering the pupal stage.
So, now you see why you should worry about getting rid of mosquito larvae! You might be wondering how you actually get rid of these larval stage mosquitoes, right?
As we mentioned before, mosquito larvae spend all their time in the water. They prefer standing water because this allows them to access all the nutrients they need to mature.
How to Get Rid of Mosquito Larvae
The best way to get rid of any larval stage mosquitoes is to get rid of the water they are in. This is also the reason why most mosquito control professionals start by dumping all standing water and recommend that you do the same. This water is literally a breeding ground for mosquitoes.
Drain or dump all buckets, old tires, dishes, and any other containers where water could collect. This will ensure that the adult mosquitoes won’t lay their eggs there. If there are no eggs, those eggs won’t have a chance to mature into larvae, pupae, and then adult mosquitoes.
On top of that, this is also an efficient way to kill any larvae that are already in that water, stopping them from developing into adult mosquitoes.
If you can’t drain all water, for example, if you have a pond or a fountain in your backyard, there is another way to get rid of mosquito larvae. And this is to use mosquito dunks in the water that you can’t get rid of.
Mosquito dunks are made from special materials that dissolve in water. They release larvicide (larvacide) – a solution that is specially made to kill mosquito larvae. One mosquito dunk will kill larvae in an area of about 100 sq. ft. (9.3 sq. m), leaving you with larva-free water and a mosquito-free yard. Mosquito dunks are made with special bacteria that mosquito larvae like to eat, which efficiently kills them. Because these dunks are biological, they aren’t harmful to humans or animals. Even after installing mosquito dunks, you can still swim in that water and your pets can still drink it.
So, combat your mosquito problem by eliminating their larvae, too.