Oro Valley, Arizona

Mosquitos

Preventing The Spread of the West Nile Virus

Mosquitos Facts

  • There are 166 species of mosquitos identified and classified in North America, north of Mexico.
  • While 43 species are known to carry the West Nile Virus, the northern house mosquito, Culex pipiens, is usually the most common mosquito found in urban areas and is thought to be a major carrier of the virus.
  • Culexes are weak fliers and seldom move very far from their breeding areas.
  • Culexes typically live only a few weeks, but those emerging in late summer have the ability to "hibernate" until the following spring.
  • Culexes lay up to 300 eggs at a time on the calm surface of fresh or stagnant water.
  • Rough or moving water prevents mosquitos from successfully laying eggs.
  • The larvae, called "wigglers," emerge from the egg within 24 hours living for 7 to 14 days before emerging as adults.
  • Wigglers breathe air through a snorkel-like tube in their abdoment called a siphon.
  • Rough or moving water prevents the wiggler's siphon from penetrating the water surface and will cause it to drown.

 What Can I Do To Prevent or Deter Mosquitos?

  • The WBU Water Wiggler provides motion in birdbaths to attract birds and prevents mosquitos from laying eggs.

  • WBU Drippers and Misters provide sound and motion in birdbaths to attract birds while the motion prevents mosquitos from laying eggs.

  • Water Additive Products can either kills mosquitos or prevent them from laying eggs in baths, ponds and other standing water areas. These products are non-toxic to birds and other animals.

  • Using these products can enhance the backyard bird feeding experience for both you and your family!