|Yellow fever mosquito|
They behave differently from other species as they lay their eggs only in containers of water, not in puddles, ponds, or other bodies of water.
They fly around primarily during the day, but will enter homes and rest on the walls. Once inside, they'll bite both during the day and night.
|Asian tiger mosquito|
|Mosquito breeding habitats|
Abandoned tires are a favorite habitat, as well as flooded boats, knots or holes in trees, uncovered rain barrels, plastic-lined ornamental pools, cisterns, watering troughs, seldom-used swimming pools, flower pots, drain pipes, gutters, children's toys, buckets, jars, cans, bird baths, old sleds, even the creases in the cushions of lawn furniture -- anywhere water can sit for several days to a week before evaporating. They only need a teaspoon of water to breed! Ponds and creeks are not natural breeding habitats because frogs, fish, bats, insects, and other predators eat up the mosquito larvae.
If you can't regularly dump out the water from a container on your property, use mosquito dunks to treat the water.These pellets which can be purchased at hardware stores or online, and are safe to use if you have pets or farm animals.
You'll notice a difference if you keep your property free of mosquito-breeding standing water. Check at least twice a month. Once a week is ideal since the maturation process of a mosquito is two weeks from egg to adult. Tell your neighbors so they can dump their containers and keep your whole block mosquito-free.