How Stagnant Water Contributes to the Mosquito Life Cycle

Due to summer’s blazing sun and hot temperatures, we’re in mosquito season. Year after year, these pesky little buggers swoop into backyards and homes, distracting from summer fun and spreading itchiness galore. How can you  prevent their imminent arrival? One way is to eliminate standing water on your property. It’s difficult when it seems like they appear out of thin air. Well, not thin air, exactly. Stagnant water around your home is likely the source of mosquito pressure.

Water’s Effect on the Mosquito Life Cycle

Out of the four stages in a mosquito’s life cycle, three are spent in water. Water provides a safety net for mosquitoes to move into developmental periods and grow. In the egg stage, the female lays roughly 300 eggs that float atop the water’s surface. This is why it is so important to eliminate any standing water around your property. Next, they enter the larval stage, in which larvae feed on microorganisms in the water, only breaking the surface to breathe through a siphon tube. After molting several times, they transform into pupae. From there, the adult mosquito forms inside of the pupa, and when it is ready, emerges from the pupa fully grown. Lastly, the adult mosquito gathers strength to fly and feed, and begins its new life.

Where Can I Find Stagnant Water?

Stagnant water can be found in nearly anything that collects water outside, such as birdbaths, pool covers, gutters, buckets, flowerpots, storm drains, sewage basins, discarded tires, ponds, kids toys and much more. More likely than not, you are housing the perfect breeding grounds for mosquitoes right in your own backyard. Even the smallest pool of water, such as the amount contained in a bottle cap, if left standing for some time, can turn into a one-stop birthing frenzy for mosquitoes. Therefore, it’s very important to check your property as often as possible for standing water. You should be especially vigilant after it rains, when mosquito populations can rapidly increase.

Tips to avoid this?

  • Be super aware of your surroundings at home.
  • Change the water in plant tubs, birdbaths and fountains daily.
  • Clear clogged gutters and drains.
  • Dispose of old containers that may amass water.
  • Be sure to flip over any kiddie pools and toys that can collect water.
  • Trim tall grasses and weeds, and if possible, utilize landscaping to remove future stagnant water.

Keep an eye on these sneaky water baring spots in order to keep mosquitoes at bay. Even the smallest container and be home to hundreds of mosquitoes. Mosquito eggs can hatch in as little as one inch of standing water so you just might be aiding and abetting these pests.


Mosquito Joe of Robbinsville-Jackson is always here to help ensure your backyard is mosquito, tick and flea-free. Our technicians will inspect your property and tip and toss any standing water to eliminate potential mosquito breeding areas. Our barrier treatments add an extra layer of defense to your property against mosquitoes. Just give us a call at (732) 228-8092 or send us an email to With Mosquito Joe of Robbinsville-Jackson, outside is fun again.