For those who live in tropical climates or have moderate temperature changes throughout the year, mosquitoes are likely a problem all year long. But for those who experience colder winters, mosquitoes sort of seem to disappear. This winter gift is warmly welcomed from those who find themselves getting bites every time they walk outside. But where do these mosquitoes go all winter long? Do they migrate? Do they die? We are here to explain some basic information on mosquitoes, followed by where they all go in the winter months to help you understand how you might be able to prepare yourself for their arrival in the spring.
All insects are cold blooded creatures, so they lack the ability to regulate their body temperature. What this means is that they pretty much match the temperature of whatever environment they are in. Mosquitoes specifically prefer temperatures of eighty degrees to remain comfortable and active.
Mosquitoes require sources of stagnant water in order to survive and mature. Female mosquitoes lay their eggs in these areas of water and the larvae require this water in order to develop. That is why mosquitoes tend to be prevalent in swampy, humid, or moist areas where they can easily repopulate.
We now know that mosquitoes require a semi-specific climate in order to survive, so then what happens in the winter? The answer is a little more complicated. They do not migrate to warmer climates, but they do hibernate.
As for reproducing, some species of mosquitoes are able to lay eggs in the late summer that will allow the new generation to hibernate in those eggs until the weather begins to warm. The eggs typically rest in the ice and snow for the winter, and when it melts, the hatched larvae have a water source to mature in. Those species whose eggs are not resilient enough to survive the winter will typically hibernate in animal burrows and dens in order to keep a bit more warm and survive the cold front.
Once winter passes, the mosquito populations are right back to their normal state. That is why looking into preventative measures for your home is crucial in the winter. At Valor Pest Solutions, our experts are well-versed in the behaviors and lifestyles of mosquitoes, which means we are equipped to help you fight mosquitoes before they become a problem for you and your family.
Our approach to mosquito control is to eliminate problems quickly and avoid any escalation. We can check your yard to advise you on potential problems with your landscape that could lead to mosquito infestations, and we offer treatment plans that can kill mosquitoes on contact, allowing you to enjoy your home all year long.
To find out more about our mosquito treatments or other pest control services, check out our website, or call in today to find out how Valor Pest Solutions can help you keep pests at bay.
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