Mosquito Lifespans: Get Ahead of the Swarms

Posted by David Outhous on Jul 24, 2020 8:00:00 AM

If you have mosquitos buzzing around your home hoping to make their way in, you've likely wondered how long they live. The answer to this question largely depends on the type of mosquito that frequents your neighborhood. In Virginia, it's likely to be the Asian rock pool, yellow fever, banded spring, flood-water, or Eastern threshold variety. These are just a few species that can give homeowners of the state more than a few headaches. We'll look at how mosquitos perpetuate their genetic material and why taking care of them sooner rather than later is ideal. 

Mosquito Life Cycle

Just one female mosquito can lay up to 200 eggs, a number that would horrify anyone who would prefer to avoid the swarms. Females use blood to develop their eggs and will rely on puddles or standing water to nest. This is why it's so important to pay attention to your entire property. A small collection of dirty water in the tires of an abandoned truck can quickly lead to long-term problems for homeowners. These eggs will hatch in water, live in water, and feed in water. From there, it will grow into what's called a tumbler, which will generally live but not feed in the water. These tumblers aren't necessarily in the water for long though before they turn into full-fledged adults who are ready to fly far away from their original puddle. 

Lifespan of Mosquito After Bite

It's difficult to really predict how your mosquitos will affect you and how long they'll live because there are so many varieties. It will depend on everything from the temperature of the hatching water to the amount and kinds of nutrition that they receive during their first days or weeks of life. Mosquitos who live only in the summer may lay eggs that survive during the winter and only hatch in the spring. Some mosquitos will hibernate and live into the following season. A male will usually only live for a week, just long enough to swarm and mate with the females. (Males generally eat nectar rather than relying on blood.) But a female can live for a surprisingly long time on just one bite — provided of course that she's not slapped in the process of getting that blood. Unless you squash or exterminate them quickly though, some varieties have a mosquito lifecycle that can last for up to 6 months. 

Contact RichPro Pest Management 

Mosquito bites are notorious for being as scary as they are annoying. It's all too easy for females to carry serious diseases if they live for several weeks or more. If you're asking how long do mosquitos live, it might be because you've already seen signs of mosquito infestation. This can include anything from an annoying buzzing sound to a total swarm on your property. If you don't want to give those mosquitos the opportunity to wreak havoc in your home or on your property, RichPro Pest Management can help. These tiny, winged monsters can be crafty, but proper mosquito control can go a long way toward keeping you and your family safe. From determining the type of mosquito to devising an effective extermination plan, we help you get ahead of the swarms.