Where do mosquitoes breed in Louisiana?
Most species of mosquitoes have to find a source of stagnant water in order to breed. Stagnant water can be found in many places around your property. Common places that mosquitoes breed include:
- Ponds, bogs, and marshes
- Pools and spas
- Birdbaths or fountains
- Children’s playsets
- Garden planters
- Stacks of tires
- Clogged gutters and drains
Where Do Mosquitoes Usually Lay Eggs?
Mosquitoes need to find standing water to lay their eggs properly. They often utilize shallow stagnant water, but they can also lay their eggs on deep puddles. A female mosquito can lay anywhere from 100 to 300 eggs in one go! She lays them right on top of the standing water, and the raft of eggs floats on top until they are ready to hatch. The egg raft looks like a tiny white speck in the water, usually about 1/4″ across.
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Can Mosquitoes Lay Eggs Correctly Without Water?
Mosquito eggs require water to hatch, so mosquitoes will almost always lay them by water. Some species lay their eggs right on top of the water, while others lay them close by. While rare, eggs that are laid too far from the water can survive for extended periods of time before they eventually hatch. However, in general, mosquito eggs need water to hatch.
Regular Mosquito Breeding Grounds in Louisiana
There are probably many sites around your house that can serve as perfect mosquito breeding grounds. These opportunistic insects will look for even the smallest still water source to lay their eggs on. This makes it important to learn the best ways to prevent mosquitoes from breeding in your yard every spring and summer. Professional mosquito exterminators at Ja-Roy Pest Control can help find places that mosquitoes will breed near your home and get rid of them before mosquito season starts.