Can mosquitoes survive the winter?
Do you ever wonder how mosquitoes make it through the winter? You might if you learned some things about mosquitoes, like the fact that female mosquitoes live for about 2 months and male mosquitoes only live about a week; or the fact that mosquitoes can't survive freezing temperatures. Armed with this knowledge, you might think that mosquitoes should all die off in the winter and never come back. Yet they come back year after year to plague us with bites. How is this possible? The truth is, most mosquitoes make it through winter inside egg cases. Understanding how this works can actually help you reduce mosquitoes in your yard next spring.
Before temperatures drop, female mosquitoes lay eggs in still water. If it gets too cold, those eggs will wait to hatch. Essentially, they become time bombs. Next spring, as soon as the weather warms up, hundreds of mosquitoes hatch from their eggs, develop to maturity, and take to the air. At any point, you can prevent them from doing this by addressing these breedings sites.
Before Eggs Are Laid
- Rake leaves to prevent rainwater from forming vernal pools.
- Remove containers from your yard. Anything that can hold rainwater is a potential breeding site. It only takes a half cup of still water for mosquito eggs to develop.
- Check your gutter system to make sure there are no obstructions. Water should run down and away from your foundation walls.
- Check exterior spigots and hoses for leakage. When puddles form next to your foundation, mosquitoes will take advantage of it.
- If you have a kiddie pool, turn it over when it is not being used.
- If you have a tire swing, poke a hole in the bottom to allow water to leak out.
- Check your yard for puddles, and fix conditions that allow those puddles to form.
- If you have shaded areas, trim tree branches to allow the sunlight to dry those locations.
After Eggs Are Laid
You may not realize this but the mosquitoes that bite you in your yard are mosquitoes that were born in your yard or very near to your yard. A mosquito does not generally travel more than a few hundred yards in its entire life. So, everything you do to prevent breeding actually has an impact on mosquito populations in your neighborhood.
Where does a professional fit in?
Controlling mosquitoes is a complicated process. An experienced and educated pest control technician is trained to identify breeding locations but, more importantly, they use tools and methods that go far beyond breeding site control. A professional knows that mosquitoes hide from the sun during the day and they know where those mosquitoes hide. They use this knowledge to turn mosquito resting locations into mosquito traps by applying a product that eliminates the mosquitoes that come to rest on your property.
At All-American Pest Control, we offer our Home Pest Protection Plus Mosquito program to reduce mosquito populations. It also covers over 47 other household pests. Give it a try today by going here to request a FREE home evaluation.
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