Some bugs and insects are hard to treat, and some professional exterminators don’t treat them. Mosquitoes are one of them. These buzzing, biting pests are extremely resilient. They haven’t changed a bit in forty-six million years! That means they survived the Ice Age! Just what does that mean for us and winter?
Here a few things about mosquitoes that a professional exterminator would probably want you to know about.
When it’s cold out, we don’t see or worry about mosquitoes any more. Do they die off? Some do, some don’t. The males never make it past fall and live about ten days. The females, some may die, but many become inactive during the cold spells. They take shelter in hollow logs or animal burrows. It’s possible for them to hibernate for six months.
Mosquitoes have multiple stages: egg, larvae, and pupa before reaching adulthood. They breed in stagnant water, but stop with the onset of winter. It’s paused for a time. Any of their stages can survive our winters. That is if they are in water, frozen too. They go into a diapause phase which slows down their metabolism. Their development picks up where it left off once the warmer temperatures of spring arrive, along with rain showers. This submerges them in water, which they need. It only needs to reach a temperature above fifty degrees for them to hatch and continue with life.
Females can lay 300 eggs at a time every three days as adults. We’re talking about 1,000 eggs for each female! If any of them were carriers of diseases, their eggs would contain that too. Imagine all of those eggs developing the next generation come spring time. Imagine also, the female that hibernated. If she has eggs, the first thing she’ll need will be a meal, blood-meal, meaning you! She needs the protein in our blood to help her develop her eggs. After a big meal, like many of us, she’ll rest. Only for her that would be for a few days. Next, she looks for any amount of standing water and lays her eggs.
The best thing you can do both now and in the spring is to look around your yard for areas of standing water. Get rid of it! It can even be as little as a ½ inch of water. This could harbor your stinging enemy come spring. In warm, rainy weather, look for areas where water accumulates and drain it often. You can help to reduce their population!
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