The Mosquito Control Program has changed direction and is now relying on increased public outreach and education. Beginning in 2009, JCC eliminated mosquito spraying and other treatments as a regular part of its control program. As a central point of information, County residents can call 757-259-4080 and obtain basic mosquito prevention information, helpful hints for homeowners, and directions to additional sources of information. Mosquito prevention information will also be publicized throughout the County's website, local newspapers and Channel 48 television programming. County residents need to know that by removing water-bearing containers from their yards they significantly reduce localized mosquito concentrations and help in the overall reduction of mosquito populations in the County.
For more information, call 757-259-4080.
Why Mosquitoes Thrive
All mosquitoes require water for their eggs to hatch and for growth and development into adult flying mosquitoes. After hatching, young mosquitoes pass through four stages of growth as larva until reaching the pupa stage where they are transformed into flying insects. There are many different species of mosquitoes that have adapted to thrive in different types of watery habitats. Salt water, fresh water and polluted water are some types of habitats that are utilized by specific mosquito species. Also, some mosquitoes thrive on container habitats such as old tires, buckets and birdbaths as opposed to other mosquitoes that prefer pools, streams and marshes. The population of summertime mosquitoes is actually a combination of different species that have adapted to thrive in a variety of habitats common to many areas.
Drawing by: Brett Crans
- Eggs - 2-3 days
- Larva - 5-14 days
- Pupa - 2-3 days
- Adult - males live 6-7 days; females live 2-16 weeks