Mosquito Life Cycle
Mosquitoes are totally dependent on water for the first portion of their lives. Without water, they cannot reproduce. Any container that holds rainwater can continuously breed generation after generation all season. This makes control round the house relatively easy.
Controlling the mosquitoes that are coming from surrounding properties – and wetlands – is harder, employing different strategies.
More than nuisance
Mosquitoes have killed more humans throughout history than all wars combined. Although public health measures have drastically reduced the numbers, more than 700,000 people per year die from mosquito-borne diseases, primarily malaria. Today in the United States, thousands are sickened and hundreds die from mosquito-borne diseases every year. Most cases could be prevented with basic knowledge and minimal effort.
For an interesting article on the subject, check out a recent post on Yahoo: