What are mosquitoes?

Mosquitoes are small insects (ranging from 1/8 to 3/8 inch long) that have two wings, a scale-covered body and legs, and a long beak with piercing-sucking mouthparts used to feed off the blood of living animals.  Mosquitoes only need a small water source – a thimbleful of water is enough – with nutrients to breed and survive, making them very hard to control.  Usually, the entire life cycle of a mosquito lasts 10 to 16 days.