Tough on mosquitoes, and tough on the causes of mosquitoes.
February 21, 2010 1:05 AM Subscribe
I've spent quite a bit of time and money on making the mosquitoes in my home leave us alone when we sleep. But it now occurs to me to ask -- where exactly are the mosquitoes in my house coming from?
posted by AmbroseChapel to Science & Nature (11 answers total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
My family is driven crazy by mosquitoes in the night, unless we use some kind of repellent.
I live in a first-floor unit. We're about twenty feet off the ground. As far as I know, mosquitoes breed in stagnant water. But there isn't any stagnant water in my home, is there? I mean, there's the drain in the shower, and in the bath and the sink. But those things get used pretty often. Surely there isn't time for mosquitoes to breed in there overnight, between the last use of the bathroom before we go to bed and the first when we wake up in the morning?
And it's not like my neighbours have swamps in their gardens. There aren't even many gardens, and there isn't so much as a fishpond as far as I can see.
Sometimes I see mosquitoes in the hallway of our building, which is dry as dust and has literally nothing for them to feed on except old phone books.
So, do they simply come from far away? Do I have to accept them as a fact of life? Or could there be some mosquito breeding ground near us I could identify and shut down?