Q: I have an idea to control mosquitoes. Why not leave a few pans of water in the yard to attract egg-laying female mosquitoes, then dump them out every few days to kill the larvae?
A: I like your creativity but I don’t think it would work. A female mosquito lays several “clutches” of eggs during her life span. Some species deposit eggs directly in water but others lay eggs on damp soil that will be flooded. The mosquito goes looking for another bloodmeal (CQ) after each egg-laying session. If just a couple of blood-suckers drift over from your neighbor’s poorly-drained gutter, they might make you miserable while avoiding your buckets entirely. My advice? Stick with mosquito repellents and skip the bucket brigade.
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