How about mosquitoes in winter? Is it possible to use mosquito control systems like mosquito spray to reduce their number in this winter? In order to understand this, it is necessary to know a bit about mosquito and its life cycle over the course of a year.
Where do Mosquitoes Hide in winter?
Mosquitoes have a very small life cycle.The male mosquito’s die a few days after fertilizing the female. The female then bites human being and sucks their blood to get the protein to produce their eggs. That’s why only female mosquitoes bite. The male mosquito’s are pretty happy using plant nectar for the need of energy. Females can live from 2 weeks upwards, typically towards the lower lifespan. However, some can live through the winter.
Most female mosquito’s lay numbers of eggs on the surface of standing water, such as in pools, ponds, sides of rivers, gutters etc. That is their basic role. These eggs have a tendency to hatch in spring. However, some females will lay resistant eggs in moist soil that can live in winters. They lie hidden until they hatch in the spring in humid and warm circumstances.
But where do mosquitoes hide in winter? Do they all die off in winter at the end of their life cycle? No! Many female mosquitoes can live in the winter. Others can survive, not as adults, but as worms. Mosquito larvae survive in water, and as the temperature of the pond or gutters.They are inactive in drops and then they enter a phase known as “diapause”. This is a period of underdevelopment, so the larvae can live in winter and becomes active again in the spring.
Tips for Mosquito control in winter
Mosquito control in winter comprises of clearing out all your pools, fountains, gutters and any other standing water. You should also check out small places between bricks, damp areas at the bottom of the exterior walls of your home, garage and the surrounding ground.
Search for old rotted wood, where female mosquitoes hide in winter, pots, and any containers they could be lurking in. This is generally an attack to your yard and other areas around your home. If there is a waste nearby, then this can become home to thousands of mosquitoes.
Mosquito Control and winter: What actions to take?
Now may be the time to begin planning for winters. Plan to get your yard and your home safe now. Then you can relax knowing that if there is a particularly warm winter this year your family will not suffer.
- A mosquito misting system will shield your yard from attack of these mosquito’s.
- A mosquito spray will help reduce populations of these insects that are already in your yard.There are many local governments which conduct mosquito-control spraying programs.
- Ensure yourself that there is no standing water in your yard.
- Make sure that your drainage system and gutters are all clean and clear of wreck ages such as fallen leaves.
- Eliminate anything around the house that can assemble rainwater
- Flush basins with fresh water after every few days.
The relationship between mosquito control and global warming might not worry you now, but it might later on the first warm winter’s day.
More and more mosquito sprays that come out every winter that is advertised as way outs to mosquito problems. Some are more effective than others, and some are not effective at all. To learn which brands are best, consult a pest controlling expert or a county extension representative.