Dangers of the Culex Mosquito
Quick Facts about the Culex Mosquito
The Life Cycle of the Culex Mosquito
The Culex larva will live in the water for approximately one to two weeks, coming up to the surface occasionally for oxygen. When it enters the pupa phase, it will float on top of the water from one to four days, resting until it ultimately transforms into an adult mosquito.
Once an adult, the Culex mosquito will remain stationary on the water’s surface until its body is fully hardened and its wings are dry and ready for flight. The female mosquito will then find a mate, feed on blood, and lay its eggs. And so, the process repeats itself.
Diseases Spread by the Culex Mosquito
Although the Culex mosquito is not a primary vector for prevalent mosquito-borne diseases such as malaria, dengue and yellow fever, it can transmit a number of other illnesses that can present serious health problems to human beings. It is known to contribute to the spreading of the West Nile Virus, filariasis, and encephalitis.
To lower the likelihood of disease, remove all objects on your property that collect rain water, and protect yourself from bites by applying mosquito repellent to your clothes and the exposed areas of your body when venturing outdoors, especially at dawn and dusk.