Mosquitoes: Not Totally Dangerous, But Definitely To Be Watched

mqtMosquitoes are pesky little creatures. They bite–and you itch like crazy–but they also can carry much menace.

It all begins in the water.

Female mosquitoes lay their eggs in water. And some species don’t need much water: an old tire, a discarded cup from someone’s fast food lunch, a birdbath, a hole in a tree. Others hatch in still lakes or sewage ponds.

The larvae grow to be one-tenth to one-fourth-inch long, float to the top of the water, and are called “wrigglers.” They breathe air through a snorkel-like device (called a siphon) that they poke out of the water. They are filter feeders, sifting out organic debris and small …

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