When it comes to insects, few are as reviled as the mosquito. This bug leaves behind bites that are red, raised and itchy, and it’s usually not just a single bite that afflicts you. One evening outdoors can result in dozens of mosquito bites—not to mention several days of discomfort afterwards. But there’s an even darker side to this little insect; today’s mosquitos are known to carry a number of dangerous diseases, including the West Nile and Zika viruses. Protecting yourself from mosquitos is just as much about your health as it is avoiding those pesky bites and the itchy days afterwards.
The peak time of year for mosquitos can vary depending on where you live. There are a number of mosquito species, each with its own life cycles, habitats and tolerance for cold weather, but generally, warmer climates experience a much longer mosquito season that those with colder climates. For example, in the Northeast United States, the Pacific Northwest and the more northern Midwestern states, mosquito season peaks from May through August. The bugs only dominate for a third of the year in these states due to the cold climate that kills off many mosquitos and causes others to go into hibernation.
In the most Southern states, however, including Florida and most of southern Texas, mosquito season almost never stops. Here, mosquitos are found in abundance from February to November, with the cooler December and January weather causing a short break from these annoying insects.
In between the northern and southern states, mosquito season falls somewhere in the middle. In places like Missouri, mosquitos are generally found in April through September, while Georgia has a peak mosquito season that lasts from March through October.
Mosquito activity is so closely tied to the weather that it’s worth paying attention to the shifts in temperature and rainfall to anticipate the onset of mosquito season. As the weather warms up above 50 degrees, mosquitos will start to become more active. Plenty of rainfall also causes eggs to hatch, further increasing the mosquito population. Humidity can also exacerbate the problem since mosquitos like moisture and standing water. Hotter weather also means they pass through their life cycles faster, causing more and more eggs to be born. Once temperatures drop below 50 degrees again, the mosquitos become less active and may die or go into hibernation.
Be sure to pay attention to when peak mosquito season begins in your area so you can be prepared to keep these bugs at bay. You’ll want to do whatever you can to eliminate standing water from your yard, and it may also help to stock up on some insect repellent products. These actions can lessen mosquito activity near your home, but they won’t eliminate it completely.
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