Where do mosquitoes breed in Wisconsin?
Female mosquitoes require a source of standing water to breed and reproduce. The most common mosquito breeding grounds found near your property include:
- Ponds, marches, and bogs
- Birdbaths or fountains
- Pools or spas
- Garden planters
- Children’s playsets
- Stacks of tires
- Clogged gutters/drains
Where Mosquitoes Lay Eggs
Female mosquitoes require standing water to breed and lay eggs. They seek out areas that have shallow stagnant water, but they also can utilize deep puddles. The female mosquito will lay anywhere from 100 to 300 eggs at a time. These eggs are submerged into the standing water. At only about 1/4″ long, the raft of eggs can look like a speck floating in the water.
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Are Mosquito Eggs Found Outside of Water?
Water is a necessary component in the egg hatching process. Some species will lay their eggs directly on the water, while others will lay their eggs nearby the source of standing 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 in Wisconsin
Mosquitoes are opportunistic and will use even the most shallow puddle of standing water to lay their eggs. This makes many areas around your home susceptible to mosquito activity. For this reason, it’s crucial to know how to prevent mosquitoes from using your yard as their breeding grounds each and every year. Professional mosquito exterminators at Batzner Pest Control can help locate potential breeding grounds near your home and eliminate them before mosquito season.