Have you ever noticed how some pests tend to be particularly troublesome at certain times of the year, but not at others? Usually this is due to a combination of environmental conditions and the individual pest’s life cycle. Like that of other insects, the activity of mosquitoes is greatly impacted by the weather.
Cold Weather and Mosquito Activity
Because mosquitoes are cold-blooded animals, their body temperature is about the same as their environment’s and they limit their activity when the temperature cools. However, because the southern region of the United States generally gets cooler later in the year than other parts of the country do, we tend to experience higher levels of mosquito activity for a longer amount of time.
Mosquitoes may not go away in the winter entirely. Some species will enter a state of diapause and reawaken in the spring, while others will lay their eggs in the fall, which freeze and then hatch when the weather warms up and they’re covered by water again.
Water and Mosquitoes
Mosquitoes cannot develop without water; periods of significant rainfall often precede swells in mosquito activity. Females lay their eggs in pools of stagnant water and they can deposit batches with up to 200 eggs at a time. These eggs will then hatch into larvae within 24 to 48 hours if the conditions are right and they are covered in water.
Warmer Weather and Mosquito Activity
There is a continuum for mosquito activity. If there’s too much rain, mosquito eggs get washed away; if there is too much heat, they dehydrate and lie low. In general, warmer weather also means more mosquito activity, because their cold-blooded bodies warm up and the females go searching for a blood meal for their eggs. Most species of mosquitoes are more active in the off-peak temperatures times, which are at dawn and dusk.
If you are still struggling with mosquitoes in your home and around your yard this fall, contact Palmetto Mosquito Control to learn more about the options available to you. From mosquito barrier treatments to mosquito misting systems, the mosquito specialists from Palmetto Exterminators and Mosquito Control can help find the most comprehensive solution for you.