Where do Mosquitoes Lay Eggs?
Female mosquitoes lay their eggs on or near water, or in areas that will soon be exposed to water. As you might expect, that encom-passes much of the U.S., and with over 150 species in the country, there§ a great deal of variation among mosquitoes.
Very generally speaking, there are two types of mosquitoes—flood-water mosquitoes and freshwater/stagnant water mosquitoes. These names are informal, and since mosquitoes are quite opportunistic when depositing eggs, some species undoubtedly fit in both categories. Still, these categories are enough to give the layperson an idea of where mosquitoes lay their eggs—and how one can avoid giving mosquitoes places to deposit eggs.
As their name suggests, floodwater mosquitoes (which includes important Aedes species) lay their eggs in areas that are damp or that will be inundated by water, such as salt marshes or riverside forests. The eggs need to be inundated by water before they hatch, but reduction of dissolved oxygen in the water is the most important factor for egg hatch-ing’s. When levels drop beyond a certain point, the eggs hatch. This ensures that the larvae will be born into the shallow, food-filled areas where the larvae thrive.
These mosquitoes often become a scourge after river flooding or the storm surge of a hurricane.
Freshwater and Stagnant Water Mosquitoes
Some species, like the malaria-bearing Anopheles mosquitoes, only lay eggs on freshwater, whereas the notorious pest Culex pip-iens lays eggs’6 in stagnant water, everywhere from cesspits and plant pots to hoofprints in cow pastures. The invasive Asian tiger mosquito will deposit eggs nearly anywhere it can —and doesn’t venture far from where it hatches, so if a female of a pest species deposits eggs in the birdbath on your deck rail, you’re certainly on the dinner menu17. Perhaps surprisingly, flowing streams and deep ponds and lakes are often less ideal environments for most mosquito species, as they have less food, too much turbulence and more predators.
To make matters more complex, some mosquitoes are often referred to as “container” mosquitoes because they are found in a variety of natural or artificial containers. Mosquitoes found in natural containers are often referred to as “woodland” or “treehole” mosquitoes because they are found in wooded areas, and often deposit eggs near trees—or in cavities within them. When it rains, these holes fill in with water, and the eggs then hatch. There are many types of natural cavities—from rotting stumps to containers as specific as a particular type of pitcher plant. In fact, some mosquito species even lay their eggs in pitcher plants, which serve as natural cavities and catch rainwater An African Aedes species even lays its eggs on the legs of crabs, which then transport the eggs to the crab’s nest, where the eggs later hatch?”.
Of course, many?’ mosquitoes are just as comfortable depositing eggs in artificial containers such as gutters, tarps, birdbaths, and old tires. Oddly enough, many disease-transmitting mosquito species have been found developing in artificial containers in cemeteries. The vases, toys, and flowerpots left behind by mourners AdifOti er prove to be an ideal habitat for these Breed sometimes-deadly insects”.
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It is the kind of everyday event that in the wrong place and time becomes unnerving. You are on vacation. Perhaps you are stroll-ing at dusk along Fifth Avenue in New York. Maybe you’ve been taking pictures in the bush in Kenya, or you are stepping off a ferry in Hong Kong. In a quiet moment, you feel the itch behind your knee. You reach down and touch a hot, raised welt—a mosquito bite—and you wonder:
Do mosquitoes in this place carry disease?
Is an outbreak underway?
What are the odds that the particular mosquito that drained my blood left something deadly behind?
The mere fact that we ask these questions demonstrates the power of the mosquito. No animal on earth has touched so directly and profoundly the lives of so many human beings. For all of history and all over the globe she has been a nuisance, a pain, and an angel of death. Mosquitoes have felled great leaden, decimated armies, and decided the fates of nations. All this, and she is roughly the size and weight of a grape seed.
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In the Weston and Davie area of Florida, Among the most damaging of all lawn pests, white grubs (Phyllophaga species) are the larvae of a wide variety of scarab beetles, including masked chafers and Japanese beetles. In the spring, summer, and early fall, these plump, c-shaped larvae feast on lawn grass roots just below the soil surface.
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Everything you do in your garden to encourage healthy plant growth helps to prevent pest and disease problems. It’s common sense—backed up by scientific research—that healthy plants arc less likely to be attacked by insects or infected by disease. Promoting plant health is an integral pan of organic gardening. From the moment you sketch out a planting scheme. prepare a bed for planting, or buy a pack of veggie seeds or a potted peren-nial. pest prevention should become a part of your gardening practices.
Preventing Problems by Promoting Plant Health
Prevention starts when you’re paging through seed and plant catalogs: Look for cultivars that are described as pest tolerant or disease resistant. How and when you plant. how you water and fertil-ize. and ultimately, even how you clean up your gardens in fall can play a role in keeping plants healthy.
START WITH THE SOIL
Cultivating healthy soil is at the foundation of growing healthy plants. Good soil helps plants nurture themselves. Roots flourish in healthy soil. They’re able to find and use nutrients as needed. which helps the plant grow strong and resilient. When grown in poor. compacted soil chat is low in nutrients. plants will grow weakly and be stressed by nutrient deficiencies. As a result, they be easy targets for insects and diseases. In contrast. soil that is fertile, well-drained, and teeming with communities of diverse microbes greatly increases the plant’s chance at a healthy. productive life. Also. since many pest and disease organisms spend part or all of their lives belowground, having a diverse community of organisms to keep them in check is important. Healthy soil is an intricate mix of tiny rock particles, organic matter, water. air, microorganisms, and other animals. Living things abound in a bust. organically active soil-plant room aninuk, insects, bacteria, fungi, and other organ-Tlw more organic matter you provide. the livelier the lift forms within your soil are likely to be. And, the livelier the soil life becomes, the more heated the competition becomes between beneficial soil microorganisms and plant pathogens.
All-Important Organic Matter The single most I r II um thing a do to build soil health is to add organic matter. Over time, adding organic matter improves soil structure, which in turn improves the soil’s ability to absorb and release both water and air. Obviously, without water plants cannot thrive, but too much water and too little air can also sabotage plant health. When soil becomes saturated, and water pools around plant roots, the roots may lose their ability to take up nutrients. Tiny root kiln may begin rotting away. followed by entire root branches. As organists.. that cause root rot flourish. the plant may weaken. Aboveground. the plant may he simultaneously attacked by molds and mildews encouraged by damp conditions. In this way, plants can easily die from too much water. There is tremendous variation in how much water plants can use, and here the question of natural resistance comes into play. Plants that are naturally adapted to wet conditions are resistant to many of the pathogens present in chronically wet soil: but plants that grow naturally in dry or very well-drained settings are easy prey to those same pathogens. Local soil conditions have an important bearing on which plants are best for y.our garden. Soil pH affects the availability of certain nutrients to a is close to a neutral pH. Although soil pH is easy to manipulate using organic matter. lll i l weal fertilizers. and MUICIbec it’. Witt to consider the natural pH of your soil when choosing long-lived plants. To help ensure that your soil is healthy and balanced. take the time to learn about its
When it comes to gardening and farming, what does the word organic mean? And what is natural pest control? The answer depends on who you ask. Organic gardening and farming date back to the late 1800s and early 1900s as scientists began studying the life in the soil and some farmers developed a view of the farm as a living system that required recycling of organic wastes. These growers believed that the use of chemical fertilizers and pesticides (a relatively new innovation in farming at the time) would be harmful to the environment. Organic gardeners also adopted this viewpoint, and J. I. Rodale launched Organic Farming and Gardening magazine in 1942 to promote the organic method. As interest in and demand for organic food increased in the late 20th century. the U.S. government adopted legislation called the Organic Foods Production Act (OFPA) to regulate organic farming. As a result, the USDA created the National Organic Program (NOP). which wrote extensive regulations that Include detailed guidelines on which fertilizers and pest and disease control substances are allowed. prohibited. or allowed with restrictions for use by certified organic farmers. A nonprofit organization called the Organic Materials Review Institute (OMR° reviews applications from manufacturers of pest and disease control products to determine whether a product meets NOP standards. If it does. the manufacturer can include the OMRI logo on the product label to indicate that the product is suitable for use in organic production. Certified organic farmers must write a detailed business plan that shows how their farm and growing practices conform to the NOP standards, and their arms must be periodically inspected by representatives of certification agencies. As a home gardener, you don’t have to abide by NOP standards. but you may find them helpful in making choices. The standards will help educate you about some of the complex choices to be made when using commercial pest and disease control products. These are also discussed in Part 4 of this book. At a simpler level, organic gardening is simply a method of gardening that uses our understanding of nature as a guide for growing plants without using synthetic chemical pesticides or synthetic fertilizers. Natural pest and disease control, it follows. is a method of managing pest and disease problems without the use of chemical pesticides and with an understanding that pests and disease are part of a living system that has an innate balance.