What do mosquitoes and litter have in common?

Mosquito Litter in a drainage area

Both can be found in ponds, marshes, swamps and other wetland habitats. Both are capable of thriving in a variety of locations and can successfully grow in numbers even when not in their natural habitat. (The natural habitat for litter is a trash receptacle or recycle bin.)

The common denominator is water! Litter collects stagnant water and mosquitoes only need half an inch of standing stagnant water to breed.

Do you recognize any of the following containers in your yard or neighborhood that could be used for breeding? How many of those same items could be disposed of or recycled in some way?

Remember: containers that hold stagnant water for 7 or more days are mosquito breeding hot spots!

Fast facts about mosquitoes:

  • Adults live about 6 to 8 weeks
  • Carry disease
  • Can lay 300 eggs every 3 days
  • 10 day water cycle from egg to larvae to bite!