Mosquito Life Circle
The Mosquito Life Cycle contains 4 main stages which are Egg stage, Larva Stage, Pupa Stage and Adult Stage. Each stage of mosquitoes are in different appearances. The whole process takes 8 to 14 days to be completed. The process is dependable on the suitability of temperature and weather whereby 27°C is the most suitable temperature for mosquitoes breeding.
- Four stages: Egg, Larva, Pupa, Adult
- Different appearance
- 8-14 days (depend on weather, temperature)
1. A female mosquito is laying eggs on the surface of standing water.
2. Each egg raft contains 200-250 eggs. It takes 1-2 days to be emerged into larvae depending on the water temperature.
3. Larvae take 5-10 days to grow become pupae depending on water temperature too.
4. Pupae metamorphose over 1-2 days into adults.
5. Finally here’s the adult mosquito formed.
How can a mosquito detects humans
A mosquito can detects us at 10 meters away from human based on the following elements:
- Human’s exhaled carbon dioxide and lactic acid (a by-product of muscle metabolism)
- Infra-red light from human body heat
- Some of the 300 chemicals released from human skin
There are approximately 3,500 species of Mosquitoes existed over the world. Most of the mosquito species are able to carry different kinds of virus that would cause Mosquito Borne Diseases such as Malaria, Chikungunya, Dengue, Zika, Yellow Fever and other diseases. Below are some of general species of Mosquitoes: (For example, for Culex type of Mosquitoes, there are more than two types of Culex subspecies mosquitoes are existing.)
- Rain pools, swamps, ponds
- Feed readily on humans
- Primary vector of malaria
Aedes & Ochlerotatus
- Breeds in Temporary flood pools, marshes, natural/artificial containers
- Active all hours at outdoor (enter homes too)
- Primary vector of yellow fever, dengue, Zika virus
- House mosquitoes
- West Nile Virus vector
- Pools, ditches, ponds, sewage
- Active at dusk (daytime biters too)
- Extremely aggressive mosquito
- Feed on human/larger mammals
- Long distance blood seeker
- Breeds in Temporary floodwaters, woodland pools, roadside ditches, pastures
- Active in Early evening/shady areas
- Primary vector of Eastern Encephalitis
- Does not feed on humans (birds)
- Breeding in Wooden swamps, crypts left by roots of trees
- Feeds on large mammals
- Suspected bridge vector for Eastern Encephalitis (bird to human/horse)
FAQ about Mosquitoes
Q.1 How long can a mosquito lives?
Ans: An adult mosquito can lives up to 1 to 6 months depend on certain mosquito species
Q.2 What is the places do mosquitoes breed?
Ans: A mosquito is likely to have its breeding at most of dark and shady places that contain stagnant water.
Q.3 How long does a mosquito larva take to become an adult?
Ans: A mosquito life cycle takes 8 to 14 days depend on the temperature of water and weather.
Q.4 Why do mosquitoes take blood meal?
Ans: Mosquitoes are usually do not feed on blood. When a female mosquito needs to have her breeding, it will look for blood meal just in order to develop the eggs inside its body. Therefore, there are only female mosquitoes that taking blood meal.
Q.5 How far can a mosquito flies in each its blood seeking activity?
Ans: A mosquito is likely to be flying for 10 meters in each time for its blood meal.
Q.6 Can a mosquito transmits HIV virus or AIDS?
Ans: No, there is none of mosquito species that able to transmit HIV or AIDS virus.
Mosquito Borne Diseases
- Yellow Fever
Dengue Cases & Death Chart
- 11.17% cases increased (2015)
- 56.28% deaths cases increased (2015)
- 28 deaths/month (2015)
- 10070 cases/month (2015)
- 331 cases/day (2015)
- Selangor, Perak, Johor, Penang, Sabah, Sarawak, Pahang