5015 Stickney Ave., Toledo, Ohio 43612 (419) 726-7891
Mosquitoes are holometabolist insects that go through several distinct stages of development. Depending on temperature and other weather conditions, mosquitoes can complete their lifecycle development stages within one week. All mosquitoes require a water source to complete their lifecycle.

Breeding Habitats


Permanent Water Sources – wetlands, marshes, retention ponds, etc.

Coquillettidia spp., Anopheles spp., and Culex spp. routinely breed and emerge from these types of habitats. These mosquitoes can be an extreme nuisance for humans and they can potentially be involved in the transmission of diseases such as malaria, Eastern Equine Encephalitis (EEE), and West Nile Virus (WNV).

Semi-Permanent and Temporary Water Sources – ditches, floodwater, vernal pools, etc.

These types of habitats produce the most abundant nuisance mosquitoes in Lucas County. Spring Aedes spp. mosquitoes emerge from vernal pools and can live through the entire summer. Summer floodwaters produce large number of Aedes vexans mosquitoes that fly long distances and readily feed on people throughout the season..

Natural Containers – tree holes, rock pools, gravel, etc.

These small, cryptic, water-holding locations can be very difficult to locate and treat, but can produce numerous mosquitoes. Aedes triseriatus, the Tree-hole mosquito and vector of LaCrosse Encephailitis can commonly be found in these locations. Aedes japonicus is another mosquito that breeds in these natural locations.

Man-Made Containers – tires, swimming pools, ornamental water gardens, catch basins, etc.

These types of man-made containers can be found throughout areas where people live. They provide a perfect habitat for numerous species of mosquitoes to develop. Many of our disease concerns come from mosquitoes breeding in these types of habitats.

Eggs


Mosquito eggs are laid one at a time and can be attached together to form “rafts” which float on the surface of water. The female mosquito will seek out semi-permanent water sources to deposit these egg rafts, such as catch basins or water gardens. Other mosquitoes that do not make egg rafts will deposit her eggs on damp soil or inside artificial containers, waiting for rain to flood the area or fill the containers, exposing the eggs to water for hatching. Most eggs hatch into larvae within 48 hours; others might withstand subzero winters before hatching. The egg is the part of the mosquito lifecycle primarily responsible for survival through winter.

Larval Mosquitoes


Mosquito larvae live in water and come to the surface to breathe air. Larvae shed (molt) their skins four times, growing larger after each molt. Most larvae have siphon tubes for breathing and hang upside down from the water surface. Some larvae do not have a siphon and lie parallel to the water surface to get a supply of oxygen through a breathing opening. A few other species of larvae attach to plants to obtain their air supply. The larvae feed on organic matter in the water. During the fourth molt, larvae change into pupae. Depending on environmental conditions, larvae can develop into pupae in as little as four days.

Pupae


Mosquito eggs are laid one at a time and can be attached together to form “rafts” which float on the surface of water. The female mosquito will seek out semi-permanent water sources to deposit these egg rafts, such as catch basins or water gardens. Other mosquitoes that do not make egg rafts will deposit her eggs on damp soil or inside artificial containers, waiting for rain to flood the area or fill the containers, exposing the eggs to water for hatching. Most eggs hatch into larvae within 48 hours; others might withstand subzero winters before hatching. The egg is the part of the mosquito lifecycle primarily responsible for survival through winter.

Adult Mosquitoes


Mosquito larvae live in water and come to the surface to breathe air. Larvae shed (molt) their skins four times, growing larger after each molt. Most larvae have siphon tubes for breathing and hang upside down from the water surface. Some larvae do not have a siphon and lie parallel to the water surface to get a supply of oxygen through a breathing opening. A few other species of larvae attach to plants to obtain their air supply. The larvae feed on organic matter in the water. During the fourth molt, larvae change into pupae. Depending on environmental conditions, larvae can develop into pupae in as little as four days.

CONTACT US

Toledo Area Sanitary District
Mosquito Control
5015 Stickney Ave., Toledo, Ohio 43612

Monday – Friday, 8AM – 4:15PM

Phone: (419) 726-7891
Fax: (419) 726-7721

info@tasd-mosquitoes.org