Why Mosquitoes are Still Active in the Fall

Mosquitoes

As mosquito control specialists, based in the Lowcountry, we are no strangers to pesky mosquitoes, especially during the summertime. It is common knowledge that mosquitoes run rampant during the summer months and thrive specifically in humid climates. At one point or another, we’ve all had an itch from a bite that left us yearning for colder weather — but did you know that colder weather doesn’t actually bring the relief you’re hoping for?

In truth, mosquitos thrive even when temperatures fall later in the year. While we do tend to see fewer of these pests with cooler temperatures, they certainly do not disappear. They are instead working behind the scenes and preparing for hibernation, laying eggs for the spring, and seeking protection from extreme weather conditions in houses or trees. 

This may surprise you because most people focus on the summer months for mosquito control. However, fall actually serves as their breeding season, and it’s imperative that we don’t forget about taking preventative measures when the temperatures drop. Here at Palmetto Mosquito Control, we want you and your families to enjoy each season with ease – and minimal bug bites. Want to learn more about why you’re still scratching into the fall months and how to prevent it? Read on.

It’s Not Quite Cold Enough

Temperatures vary by region and therefore will affect the mosquito population differently in each area. In South Carolina, we have the privilege of enjoying a pleasantly slow transition from summer to winter, with temperate, cool weather throughout the fall — and so do the mosquitoes. 

Mosquitoes are cold-blooded creatures, and cannot regulate their own body temperature. This means that their body heat will remain relatively consistent with that of their environment. The prime temperature for mosquito survival is 80 degrees Fahrenheit. They become dormant around 60 degrees Fahrenheit, and cannot survive once temperatures reach 50 degrees or below, which we know in the South can take a while until we see those kinds of cooler temperatures. 

They are More Active During the Day

During the summer months, mosquitoes typically come out during the dawn and dusk hours. The fall temperatures provide the perfect fall environment for mosquitos to roam around freely during the day.

Longer hours of activity for mosquitoes lead to a higher likelihood of the species breeding and preparing for colder weather. If you feel an itch during a trip to the pumpkin patch, this is why. Palmetto Mosquito Control recommends that you continue protective practices while you’re outdoors this season to prevent any unwanted bites

They Seek Out Warm Spaces (Like Your House)

Like many other animals, mosquitoes take advantage of the comfortable climate and spend these months preparing for hibernation and survival throughout the winter. Female mosquitoes, depending on their species, will have time to fatten up and prepare themselves for hibernation. They will search for shelter in your home, under your porch, or inside hollow logs in order to lay battle-hardened eggs that will be ready to hatch in time for spring.

The best way to ensure that you are combating these tactics is to stay in contact with a mosquito control specialist, rather than depending on municipal treatment services. This is because these treatment services are only designed to reduce the population of mosquitoes on a large scale, not necessarily focusing on the comfort of the individual. At Palmetto Mosquito Control, our treatment services are customized for your home and your needs.

Mosquito Protection for Colder Weather

If you can’t rely on the weather to get rid of active mosquito populations near you, how do you keep their numbers in check? Our mosquito control specialists give you their top tips:

Protect Yourself From Illness

It’s necessary to protect yourself from mosquitoes because there are more health risks than just an annoying itch. A mosquito problem without proper prevention methods  in place, no matter the season, can lead to diseases such as dengue fever, Equine Encephalitis, and West Nile Virus. 

At Palmetto Mosquito Control, in affiliation with Palmetto Exterminators, we have been installing and servicing residential mosquito control systems since 2003 – this includes our misting system.

The misting system will be built into and around your landscape to treat the areas you choose and help get rid of mosquitos. We focus both on aesthetics and maximum effectiveness, taking your needs and opinions into consideration. Our goal is to combine the most effective mosquito treatment with an installation process that increases the value and visual appearance of your home. 

Home Prevention Methods

In addition to a professional mosquito control service, there are several at-home backyard mosquito control measures you can take to get rid of them as well. Make sure to replace any water in bird baths, ponds, or pools at least once a week to reduce breeding sites. You can also introduce mosquito-eating fish to ponds with standing water. Lastly, turn over any empty flower pots, children’s toys, and other objects that might hold water. 

Be Prepared for the Spring

Remember, that while mosquitos and their annoying bites may dwindle throughout the fall and winter, effective mosquito control is a year-round practice.If you didn’t take the proper protective actions during the cooler seasons, come springtime, mosquitos could overrun your property and put your family at risk.

Palmetto Mosquito Control recommends using our mosquito barrier treatment to prevent these insects from laying their eggs around your house. These treatments are a cost-effective approach to killing and repelling both mosquitoes and gnats. Our licensed and trained mosquito control technicians check your yard every two to three weeks after the barrier is installed to ensure its working.

Our Barrier Treatment Program is flexible and altered to the specific needs of a client, taking into consideration the unpredictable nature of weather patterns in the Lowcountry. Rather than having the client commit to a 9-month program, the client is treated on an as-needed basis so that unnecessary work is not being done. 

Protect yourself, your families, and your homes this fall by clicking here to learn more about Palmetto Mosquito Control’s services. 

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