**Mug-A-Bug Pest Control currently provides only governmental and large scale commercial mosquito control. Residential mosquito control is not available at this time as a majority of water breeding locations are not located on a single private residence. **
Approximately 40 species of mosquitoes are found in Colorado; however, roughly 3,500 species are known to exist worldwide. Mosquitoes develop though a series of four phases: egg, larva, pupa and adult. Adult females lay eggs in or near water. Those that are laid near a water source only hatch after water levels become high enough to cover the eggs. Once in water, eggs hatch relatively rapidly. Upon hatching, the larvae begin feeding on organic material and small aquatic organisms. Depending on the species, the larvae may stay at the surface or completely submerged while others will submerge and go to the surface periodically. Larvae are commonly known as “wrigglers” due to their wiggling movement. Controlling larvae prevents the occurrence of adults; therefore, the larval stage of development is most often targeted by mosquito management programs. The water source to be treated must be of adequate size to adhere to chemical control product labels. Residential homes rarely have a large enough breeding source of water to be professionally treated. Instead, homeowners are encouraged to remove standing water sources including old tires, tree holes, watering buckets and stagnant water sources such as ponds or water features that lack water circulation. Pupae, like larvae, only occur in water, typically at the surface. Mosquitoes do not feed during the pupae stage. This is the final stage before adults emerge.