Mosquitoes, colloquially known as “mozzies”, are blood-sucking insects that can transmit diseases such as Ross River virus, Murray Valley encephalitis, and Dengue fever. However, for the most part they are simply considered a nuisance due to their persistent biting habits, which can cause itchy raised lumps on human skin.

Life cycle and feeding habits

The average female mosquito lives for three weeks; males, even shorter. Both feed on nectar and plant fluids, but it’s only the females that will seek a blood meal to gain the protein needed for reproduction.

Once she feeds, the female mosquito will then find a place to rest, digest her meal, and then begin developing eggs. Reproduction relies on a water habitat, which is why mosquitoes are so prevalent around lakes, rivers, and wetlands.

Larvae take between one and two weeks to hatch, depending on environmental factors such as temperature and food availability. They develop to pupae, from which the adult hatches after two days to begin feeding, mating, and breeding.

Mosquito pest control

There isn’t a lot that can be done to control mosquitoes; commonly recognised methods such as installing fly screens on your windows will mostly prevent them from entering the house, while insect repellent will keep them from biting if you’re outdoors.

Mosquitoes need a water habitat to breed, so if the mosquito source is on your property, KR Pest Control can find it and eliminate it. Common sources include over watered indoor plants, or blocked drains where stagnant water can sit for a while.

KR Pest Control can also install a trap, called the Black Hole. Mosquitoes are attracted to the carbon dioxide we exhale and the heat emitted by our bodies; by producing its own carbon dioxide and heat, the Black Hole lures, captures, and eliminates mosquitoes.