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Avoid stagnant water

Avoid stagnant water
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The mosquito eggs hatch into larvae or wigglers, which live at the surface of the water and breathe through an air tube or siphon. The larvae live anywhere from days to several weeks depending on the water temperature and the type of specie.

The mosquito eggs hatch into larvae or wigglers, which live at the surface of the water and breathe through an air tube or siphon. The larvae live anywhere from days to several weeks depending on the water temperature and the type of specie.

Typically, mosquitoes lay their eggs in standing water. Mosquito larvae hatch from the eggs and remain in the water, feeding on tiny organisms. Once they mature, adult mosquitoes leave the water to breed. Most mosquitoes lay their eggs in water and they don't need much space. A coconut shell or a plastic bottle cap can hold enough water to support mosquito breeding.

Some mosquitoes are vectors for diseases. This means they can transmit diseases from one human or animal to another. For example, a mosquito that bites an infected human or animal can pick up a virus, along with the blood meal. The mosquito and virus do not harm one another, but the virus reproduces inside the mosquito. Later, the mosquito can transmit the viruses to other humans through biting them.

As mention, only the female mosquitoes bite. They are attracted by several things, including heat (infrared light), light, perspiration, body odour, lactic acid and carbon dioxide. The female lands on your skin and sticks her proboscis into you. Her saliva contains proteins (anticoagulants) that prevent your blood from clotting. She sucks your blood into her abdomen.

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