Mosquitoes, like all insects, have three body parts, six legs and antennae. They have a pointed abdominal tip and clear wings with dark scales. Aedes females are typically dark with white markings and banded legs. The piercing-sucking mouthparts (proboscis) are shorter than the palp, feelers. The proboscis and body move in two axes. Anopheles mosquitoes lack scales on their bodies having hairs instead. Males have bushy antennae compared to females. The piercing-sucking mouthparts (proboscis) and palp (feelers) are equal length, and the proboscis and body move in one axis.
Eggs are laid on the surface of water and hatch in 1 to 3 days. In temporary water environments, theAedes female may lay eggs well in advance of the water’s presence, and the eggs hatch once water occupies the cavity. Anopheles will lay eggs in larger bodies of water surrounded by vegetation, and their eggs will have floats on either side of it. Larvae are aquatic, filter feeders and develop in 7 to 10 days. Pupae float on the water’s surface like a raft for 1 to 3 days then an adult emerges completing development from egg to adult in 10 to 16 days. This process begins to repeat within 28 hours after the adult emerges, but females will not lay eggs without taking a blood meal. Males need nectar and plant juices. The adult lives less than one month. Fertilized females will overwinter, emerging on warm days to feed, and lay eggs in the spring.
The construction of the Panama Canal was delayed not only by financial setbacks, but by diseases, Yellow Fever and Malaria, spread by mosquitoes to canal workers. Fumigation was a treatment method used.
Bumps and itching will occur after a couple of hours.
They nest and breed in standing water. So find all the places where water can accumulate on your property.