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Exploring the Fate of Mosquitoes in the Winter: Do They Go Away?

One of the most common misconceptions about mosquito control services is that these bothersome insects simply go away in the winter. Many believe the cold is enough to vanquish pesky mosquitoes (or at least send them packing to a warmer climate for a few months). Unfortunately, that’s not the case, as it’s possible to be affected by mosquitoes in the winter.

When it comes time to bundle up and hunker down, it can be easy to forget about mosquitoes. People thought for a long time that there was no need to worry about mosquitoes when temperatures dropped, as they believed the cold months would decimate existing populations. 

As time has passed, we’ve learned that temperature is just one of the factors that determines mosquito activity. For instance, mosquitoes are most active when the temperature rises, often making habitats in areas that stay warm throughout the year with temperatures above 70 degrees Fahrenheit (21 degrees Celsius), have standing water, and are humid.

When temperatures drop below 50 degrees Fahrenheit (10 degrees Celsius), mosquito activity levels decrease, and these pests can go dormant. Most species of adult mosquitoes will eventually die off in the cold; however, mosquito eggs are not only capable of surviving freezing temperatures but have the ability to stay frozen for three years while waiting for warmer weather. 

It may seem like winter is far away, but it’s never too early to start thinking about how you can protect your family and property from mosquitoes. With our range of professional mosquito control services, Mosquito Authority is your best defense against these pests.

The Mosquito Life Cycle

The mosquito life cycle is similar to other insects in that they go through four life stages: egg, larva, pupa, and adult. The entire process takes just eight to 10 days to complete.

As adults, male mosquitoes feed on nectar from flowers, and females feed on humans and animals for blood. These blood meals are necessary to produce and lay eggs but can come at a cost, which means female mosquitoes can spread diseases. 

After feeding, female mosquitoes will look for water to lay eggs in. Mosquitoes require water to lay their eggs, with as little as half an inch of water sufficient enough to attract females to roost there. Female mosquitoes can lay up to 100 eggs at a time, making it imperative to remove standing water from your property wherever possible. 

You might be wondering how this ties into winter: mosquito eggs are very hardy, and while in the egg state, mosquitoes can survive the colder months. Eggs can pause their development, slow their metabolism in a state called diapause, and resume development, hatching once temperatures rise again.

Mosquito Bites in Winter

Aside from eggs’ ability to survive the colder months, some species of mosquitoes can live through the winter, according to the National Pest Management Association. These species overwinter as adults by hibernating in logs or holes in the ground.

Typically, as cold-blooded insects, mosquitoes thrive in warm temperatures because they are unable to maintain their body temperatures independently. In colder climates, mosquitoes survive the winter by relying on habitats or a host’s body temperature. 

If they can find a warm place to hibernate during the colder months, female mosquitoes can delay laying their eggs until the temperature warms. While you’re less likely to get mosquito bites in winter, mosquitoes, with their ability to overwinter, get a headstart at invading your property once spring comes around again.

Preparing for Mosquitoes Ahead of Time

We’re not saying you need a full, active mosquito treatment program in winter, but it’s a good idea to take preventative measures to keep your property from becoming a prime habitat. Mosquito season can start as early as February, depending on which part of the country you live in, and your property can quickly become infested once mosquitoes emerge from hibernation or diapause.

Taking precautions now to prevent mosquitoes from overwintering on your property can’t hurt. Here are some ways you can discourage mosquito populations in your yard:

Get rid of any standing water

As little as half an inch of water is enough for mosquitoes to lay eggs, so it’s important to regularly empty anything in your yard that can collect and hold water, like bird baths and flower pot saucers.

Declutter your yard

While you’re removing any standing water outside your home, it’s a good idea to declutter and remove items that can hold water if you’re unable to empty them regularly. This can include tire swings, trash can lids, and wheel barrels. 

Use mosquito repellent

It’s crucial to always use mosquito repellent when spending time outdoors. Look for products that contain DEET, picaridin, or oil of lemon eucalyptus for the most effective repellents.

Hire a professional mosquito company

If you’re ready to eradicate mosquitoes from your property for good, a professional mosquito company like Mosquito Authority can help you eliminate these pests and prevent their breeding cycle. 

The team of licensed professionals at Mosquito Authority uses a proven method rooted in science and designed to interrupt the mosquito life cycle. We employ multiple strategies, including treatment services and practical tips, to create a customized solution for your unique requirements.

Our four-step service process eliminates your mosquito problem and keeps them away for good. We start this process with a brief phone consultation to identify your problem before sending out our expert specialists to inspect your property and complete a thorough walk-through. 

We take every step possible to ensure your property is mosquito-free. Whether you need a one-time treatment or prefer season-long services, we’ll provide the best course of action by considering many factors, like your property’s size, region, weather, and more. Then we’ll efficiently and conveniently treat your property with no hassle to you and return every 21 days to repeat the process if you choose.

If you’re bothered by mosquitoes between treatments, all you have to do is call. We’ll come back out, reassess your property, and retreat at no additional charge. We provide our services without commitments or contracts, and you can always cancel anytime. 

While it may seem early to start thinking about mosquito treatments for next year, you can have the peace of mind that your property is protected with Mosquito Authority.

Contact us today to schedule service and learn more information about how professional treatments from Mosquito Authority can help you eliminate your mosquito problem for good.

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