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The Mosquito Life Cycle


If you've tried to control mosquitoes, you've likely noticed that populations quickly bounce back. This repopulation is driven by the rapid mosquito life cycle. At BREDA Pest Management, our experts understand this biology and use it to disrupt mosquito development for long-term control./p>

The Mosquito Life Cycle

Mosquitoes progress through four distinct stages:


  • Females lay eggs one at a time or in rafts on stagnant water
  • Eggs can remain dormant through winter, hatching in warmer weather


  • Eggs hatch into larvae within 1-2 days
  • Larvae filter feed on microorganisms and organic matter in water
  • The larval stage lasts 5-14 days depending on temperature and species


  • Larvae molt into non-feeding pupae
  • This transitional stage lasts 1-4 days before adulthood


  • Pupae metamorphose into flying adults
  • Males survive up to a week, females 1-2 months
  • Females mate, blood feed, and lay repeated egg batches

Under ideal conditions, the full mosquito life cycle lasts just 7-10 days. This allows for multiple generations over a single season, driving rapid population growth.

Why Mosquito Populations Quickly Repopulate

Mosquitoes reproduce so efficiently that populations can bounce back in just a few weeks after control efforts. Factors enabling rapid repopulation include:

  • High reproductive rate - Each female lays 100-300 eggs every 3 days.

  • Short generation time - 4+ generations can occur over one summer.

  • Resistant eggs - Eggs are hardy and survive through winter.

  • Limited predators - Mosquito larvae have few aquatic predators.

At BREDA Pest Management, we understand this complex biology and ability to rebound quickly. We use integrated methods focused on disrupting the mosquito life cycle for sustained control.

Our Mosquito Control Strategy

To provide effective, lasting mosquito reduction for your property, we combine multiple approaches:

  • Insect growth regulators - Disrupt the development of larvae into biting adults.

  • Habitat modification - Eliminate breeding sites by draining stagnant water.

  • Traps and barriers - Intercept adult mosquitoes before they breed.

  • Biological control - Introduce mosquito predators like fish or BTI.

Our customized programs target every stage of the mosquito life cycle. By stopping development and reproduction, we can manage populations long-term and minimize repopulation.

For expert mosquito control tailored to your property, contact the specialists at BREDA Pest Management today. We understand mosquito biology and how to counter it for maximum impact. Our experienced professionals can provide you with a comprehensive mosquito control plan tailored to your property and your specific needs. We are here to help you reclaim your yard and enjoy pest-free living.