Everything You Need To Know About Where Mosquitoes Go In The Winter

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Mosquitoes are small and almost invisible, except when you hear their distinctive whine going past your ear. That’s when you start swatting yourself to prevent them from landing on you and biting you. Considering they carry an array of diseases, you don’t really want them trying to suck your blood. 

What is perhaps most impressive about these pests is that they have a very short life cycle. Male mosquitoes only live for ten days and their sole purpose is to mate. Female mosquitoes can live for up to 8 weeks. This, and the fact they prefer warmer weather, would seem to make it likely that mosquitoes wouldn’t survive the winter and would simply become extinct.

But, they are survivors and have been living on earth for an estimated 46 million years. As their bites can carry disease and are extremely itchy, it’s a good idea to get your local pest control experts to eliminate an infestation in your house and yard.

Winter Survival

The first thing to note is that while mosquitoes love warm weather, the cold doesn’t automatically kill them. They did, after all, survive the last Ice Age. However, once the temperature drops below 50° F you are unlikely to see them flying around. 

This is partly because they need the warmth to fly and also because the colder weather brings stronger winds and they are not strong flyers. Instead, the mosquitoes go into a state of hibernation until the weather warms up.

It should be noted that mosquitoes need still water to lay their eggs. The mosquito larvae will float in the water-absorbing nutrients and, when they are big enough, they will even move around in the water. Once they have become adult mosquitoes, they can sit on the surface of the water to dry before taking flight. 

Mosquitoes 1

Mosquitoes 1

If there is no water around the mosquito goes into a state known as diapause. In effect, they simply pause their life for several months. Once the water and the warmth return, they resume life as normal. Interestingly, any eggs they have already laid can also go into diapause. 

Once the weather warms up they will be ready to suck your blood again, having survived the coldness, regardless of whether it lasted a month or years!

Preventing Mosquitoes

It’s a good idea to click here and get a professional to inspect your home. They will help you identify mosquito attraction points, such as stagnant water. You can then remove all standing or stagnant water and you should add mosquito nets to all your windows and doors. This prevents the mosquitoes from getting into your home and biting you.

Alongside this, you can wear mosquito repellent and even use strategically placed plants in your garden to help deter the mosquitoes. Simply making your home an undesirable place for them will encourage them to go elsewhere, leaving you alone to enjoy the summer without being bitten. 

Don’t forget, mosquitoes are most active in the early morning and late evening, avoid being outside during these times if possible. 

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