QUESTION Please explain the life cycle of a mosquito. ANSWER Mosquitoes are insects which go through several life stages, starting out as eggs, then hatching into larvae before developing into adults. Mosquito eggs are laid in slow-moving or stagnant pools of freshwater, to provide suitable habitat for the larvae once they hatch. Different species of mosquito prefer different water … [Read more...]
Malaria in Summer
QUESTION Does malaria only occur during summer season? ANSWER That depends on where you are. The transmission of malaria depends on the presence of the mosquitoes which are required to transmit the disease (they do this when they bite you). Many kinds of mosquito transmit malaria, though all are of the genus Anopheles. These different species have different climatic requirements, but … [Read more...]
What are mosquito larvae?
QUESTION What are mosquito larvae? ANSWER Larvae are one of the life stages of mosquitoes; they are baby mosquitoes, if you will. Adult mosquitoes lay eggs as a "raft" on the surface of a body of fresh water—they prefer still and stagnant pools. These eggs then hatch into the mosquito larvae, which live in the freshwater pool until they form a pupa, just under the surface. These … [Read more...]