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The egg, larval, and pupal life stages of the mosquito are found in standing water before the adult mosquito emerges and flies away. Depending on the mosquito species, it can take anywhere from 4-30 days to complete this life cycle from egg to adult.
Most often mosquitoes are thought of as a nuisance but are also a public health threat because they can transmit a variety of diseases to humans including West Nile Virus (WNV), which can cause encephalitis. Mosquitoes can become infected with the WNV by biting a wild bird that carries the virus and then transmit the disease to people and other animals with their bite.
While it's unrealistic to try to eradicate mosquitoes, there are things you can do to help minimize mosquito populations around your child care facility and bites experienced by children in your care.
Eliminate sources of standing water:
Other ways to use precautions: