The life cycle of a mosquito is much more complex than we may think. Although they can’t regulate their body temperature below 50 degrees Fahrenheit, mosquitoes are still very much alive throughout the winter months. Here’s what you should know about mosquito life cycles and why these pests seem to disappear in the winter.
- Adults lay eggs and die in winter
Typically, each life cycle begins when temperatures reach below 50 degrees fahrenheit. Female mosquitoes find a collection of water, sometimes less than ½ an inch deep, and lay their final eggs for the season. Both the adult males and females eventually die due to the cold while their eggs that were laid enter a state of diapause – a process that halts their development during the coldest months.
- Eggs hatch in spring and begin feeding
When temperatures begin to warm during spring, the eggs come out of diapause and begin to hatch. These new mosquitos begin developing into full adults and typically seek out blood to feed on.
- New adult mosquitoes become dangerous to your family
When mosquito larvae hatch during the spring, offspring of infected mosquitoes may be carrying Zika Virus, and other dangerous diseases, making them not only a nuisance, but a threat to the safety of your family. One preventative measure to protect your family from mosquitoes is to eliminate bodies of water around your home – including flower pots, bird baths, and clogged gutters. Also consider drilling holes in other vessels which may accidentally catch and store rain – such as wheelbarrows and trash cans.
- Command Pest Control saves the day!
Sometimes, it takes more than preventative measures to handle a problem as rampant as mosquitos. Command Pest Control exterminators have the extensive training and specialized equipment required to quickly get rid of mosquitos on your property. To learn more about Command Pest’s extensive expertise in mosquito control, visit our Mosquito Control page and schedule your appointment today.