If there’s one good thing about cold weather, it’s that there are less mosquitoes around to bother and bite you. But what happens when the season is unusually mild? Are mosquitoes active in winter if the temperatures are warm? Here, the experts at MosquitoNix® weigh in on this frequently asked question.
Mild Winters and Mosquitoes
There’s a common belief that a mild winter means an influx of mosquitoes come summer. While weather does have an impact on mosquito activity, it’s a little more complicated than that.
Because mosquitoes are cold-blooded and can’t regulate their body heat, their internal temperature is essentially the same as the temperature of the air around them. They thrive in warm, moist environments, as this allows them to be active. When the outside temperature dips below 50 degrees Fahrenheit, mosquitoes go dormant. But that doesn’t mean they die off. These pesky pets have reproductive strategies that ensure the survival of their eggs so that their young can hatch when warm weather returns.
The problem with mild winters, therefore, isn’t that it creates more mosquitoes in the summer. It’s that the warmer weather causes the winged insects to come out of dormancy sooner than usual.
What about their behavior in the summertime? What temperature is too hot for mosquitoes? Despite the fact that these bugs thrive in warm weather, it can get too hot for mosquitoes to feed. This happens when extreme temperatures suck moisture from the air and dry out the environment, as low humidity suppresses mosquito-feeding activity and can sometimes even kill them.
How to Prevent Infestation After a Mild Winter
Since you don’t have any control over the weather, it’s important to be proactive about pest control when it comes mosquito prevention. If you had a mild winter, it means that the warmer temperatures coupled with the moisture in the air has created an ideal environment for these pesky pests.
To ensure that your backyard doesn’t become a major mosquito breeding ground as a result of the warmer temps, make sure you do a thorough clean up and remove all standing water from the area. This means cleaning out your rain gutters, flipping over patio furniture after storms, draining unused water features, and removing any unnecessary decorations in which water can pool.
It’s also a good idea to hire pest control experts to install preventative solutions such as a misting system to prevent mosquitoes from taking over. If the winter happened to be mild, having MosquitoNix professionals come out as soon as possible is definitely in your best interest. They’ll be able to assess your property and determine the best course of action to keep mosquitoes from ruining your time outdoors. They’ll even know how soon to get the process started so that you can be outside enjoying the warm weather as soon as summer starts.
Keeping Mosquitoes at Bay
It doesn’t matter if the winter is mild or one of the worst ones in recorded history, mosquitoes have adapted to survive and thrive. As soon as the weather conditions are favorable, they will show up in force and be ready to do what they do best: annoy you and your family whenever you hope to enjoy yourself outdoors.
Since you can’t completely get rid of mosquitoes, treating your property is the next best thing. Call MosquitoNix today to ensure that mosquitoes don’t take over and ruin your summer season.
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