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Where Do Mosquitoes Go in the Winter?

Where Do Mosquitoes Go in the Winter?

January 24, 2020

Mosquitoes are something we notice when they're around but don't necessarily think of when they're gone.

We spend the warm months constantly swatting at our arms and legs, coating ourselves in bug spray and putting up nets and zappers. We're always trying to figure out how to keep them away from us, and when we're outdoors we keep our eyes out for them.  

Winter comes and we forget all about mosquitoes. At least until we get that first itchy bite in the spring. Then it's back to coming up with a plan of attack to get rid of the annoying insects. 

But when the weather cools, mosquitoes don't just magically disappear. So, where do mosquitoes go in the winter?

Hibernation

While freezing temperatures can kill adult mosquitoes, it is a common misconception that they all die in the winter. When the temperature starts to drop, some mosquitoes actually go into hibernation for the winter months, similar to animals like bears.

The mosquitoes find warmer habitats to hang out in during winter. They often go for places like basements and animal burrows to hide from the cold and wait for warmer days to come. 

Only the females end up hibernating. Male mosquitoes have short lifespans and die after mating, so they don't usually make it to winter. The females, however, can hibernate for up to six months. 

Mosquito Eggs

Since mosquitoes enter an inactive state during the winter, you might wonder what happens to their eggs.

Mosquitoes will lay their eggs in the fall before either dying or hibernating during the winter. Females can lay up to 300 eggs, and these eggs are laid in wet areas, including standing water, on plants and in moist soil. Eggs can be laid in containers holding as little as a half-inch of water, which gives mosquitoes plenty of locations to choose from. 

Once the weather gets warm again and there's a bit of rain, the eggs that survived the winter will hatch and the new mosquitoes will start their lifecycle.

Preparing for Mosquito Season

There are some steps you can take to protect you and your family from mosquitoes before they even hatch.

As mentioned, mosquitoes lay eggs in moist areas and containers that hold water. It's a good idea to look around the outside of your house and check places where eggs might have been laid. Some good places to start are flowerpots, birdbaths, old trash cans and any buckets you might have lying around. Cleaning these out before the weather warms will help cut down on the number of mosquitoes hatching on your property. 

Also, be sure to check out MosquitoNix products and services to prepare your home or business for when the mosquito eggs hatch and the females leave hibernation. Our Misting Systems are a great thing to get installed before mosquitoes return in the spring and summer. The systems come with automatic and on-demand settings, giving you complete control.

With our mosquito control products, you and your family and guests will be able to enjoy your yard without pesky, and sometimes dangerous, flying insects ruining the experience.

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