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A Short Window of Time for Controlling Mosquitoes

Making It Grow Minute

    Hello Gardeners, I’m Amanda McNulty with Clemson Extension and Making It Grow. Mosquitoes can go from egg to adult in just a little over a week. Mated females lay their eggs, 50-200 at a time in water. Eggs hatch in two or three days into wrigglers – they really do wriggle around when disturbed. These feed on organic debris in water, then pupate. Pupa, when disturbed, sink down into the water, and are called tumblers. As soon as they hatch they’re looking for food. Females need a blood meal before laying eggs. Males sip nectar for their sustenance. It can take as little as a week for mosquitoes to go from egg to adult so you must be Johnny on the Spot about emptying bird baths, dog dishes, wading pools, and children’s plastic toys. Even then, a lush garden, as beautiful as it is to the eyes, is still a haven for these pests.

Amanda McNulty is a Clemson University Extension Horticulture agent and the host of South Carolina ETV’s Making It Grow! gardening program. She studied horticulture at Clemson University as a non-traditional student. “I’m so fortunate that my early attempts at getting a degree got side tracked as I’m a lot better at getting dirty in the garden than practicing diplomacy!” McNulty also studied at South Carolina State University and earned a graduate degree in teaching there.