What Happens to Mosquitoes in the Winter?

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mosquitoWhile most people are saddened over the last days of summer, it’s also a happy time because that means saying goodbye to mosquitoes! But what happens to the mosquitoes once Jack Frost arrives? Ultrafast Pest Control has some information on mosquitoes and how you can prevent an issue this upcoming spring!

Most people think that once winter arrives, mosquitos simply die from the cold. The way that mosquitos survive during the winter will differ between species. Aedes aegypti, or the mosquito that spread the Zika virus, overwinters during the egg state. Once the temperatures hit below 50 degrees, female adults will put their final group of eggs in anything that will hold at least a half inch of water. Ultimately, the females will die as the eggs enter diapause, a process that pauses development during the winter months. When spring arrives and the temperatures begin to rise, the eggs hatch and the next generation of Aedes are ready to bother humans!

Preventing Mosquito Bites

Regardless where you live, you should always be careful when spending any amount of time outside this winter. Here are a few ways to stay safe:

  • Examine your landscape for any water-holding items that might be holding mosquito eggs. Items to check are birdbaths, tire swings, flowerpots and any other items that collect water.
  • Unclog gutters, make holes in tire swings and wheel barrels to drain water and make sure trash can lids are on tightly.
  • Use an insect repellent that contains at least 20% DEET, oil of lemon-eucalyptus or picaridin when you’ll be outside.

If after utilizing these prevention tips you’re still in need of mosquito removal services, contact Ultrafast Pest Control today! We can be reached by filling out our online contact form or by calling us at 781-894-7700.

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