Where do mosquitoes breed on Long Island?
Mosquitoes seek out standing water to breed. That means if you can eliminate the standing water, you can eliminate a lot of the mosquitoes. Areas of standing water around your property can include:
- Ponds, marshes, and bogs
- Birdbaths or fountains
- Pools or spas
- Garden planters
- Children’s playsets
- Stacks of tires
- Clogged gutters/drains
Where are Mosquitoes Eggs Found?
You can often find mosquitoes hovering around standing water because this is where they lay their eggs. They prefer shallow stagnant water so it doesn’t disturb their eggs, but they’ll use deeper bodies of water as well.
The female mosquito lays anywhere from 100 to 300 eggs at a time fully submerged into the standing water. The minuscule raft of eggs can look like little more than a floating speck.
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Can Mosquitoes Breed Without Water?
Mosquito eggs need water to hatch, which is why mosquitoes make their breeding grounds near water. While rare, eggs that are laid too far away from the water are able to survive for years before hatching. However, in general, mosquitoes need water to reproduce.
Common Mosquito Breeding Grounds on Long Island
When mosquitoes look at your backyard, they see many excellent locations to lay their eggs. Even a small stagnant puddle is enough water. For this reason, one of the best mosquito prevention methods is identifying areas in your yard where water may collect.
Professional mosquito exterminators can help locate potential breeding grounds and prepare you for mosquito season.