Mosquitoes develop from egg to adult in just days!
Stage 1 – The Eggs
Mosquitoes lay their eggs one at a time. They float on the surface of water and hatch into larvae within 48 hours.
Stage 2 – The Larvae
The larvae live in water but come to the surface to breathe. They shed their skin four times, growing after each molting.
Stage 3 – The Pupae
Pupae do not feed, but simply rest and grow to adult status, making this stage the naptime of mosquito development. When the process is complete after about two days, the skin splits and out comes an adult mosquito ready to take on the world – and bite you!
Stage 4 – The Adults
The newly emerged adult mosquito rests on the surface of the water for a short time. Once it dries and hardens, it is ready to fly. Good news to the mosquito, bad news for people and pets!