April showers bring May flowers—and mosquitoes.
Weather controls the appearance of many different seasonal pests, and each has their ideal environment to live in. The life cycle of a mosquito can only thrive in an environment where there is warmth and stagnant water to lay their eggs. So how much does a mosquito depend on the weather to live, breed, and potentially hibernate in? Let’s take a look at all of the different weather conditions and see how we can prevent future mosquitoes from breeding in your yard.
How Cooler Temperatures Affect Mosquitoes
Mosquitoes prefer temperatures around 80°F but can still survive in temperatures as low as 50°F. Mosquitoes are cold-blooded animals and need warmth in order to survive; once the temperature is below 50°, many will hibernate in a warm hole while others will lay their eggs and die. Many mosquitoes lay their eggs in water where they will remain frozen until the weather warms up and they hatch. Although it may be cold, eggs can remain without warmth and water for 8 months. This is the season when we can enjoy the absence of mosquitoes.
How Heat & Humidity Affect Mosquitoes
Warm weather for us invites short sleeves, shorts, and all of the exposed skin a mosquito could ever dream of. With degrees remaining above 50°F, mosquitoes have access to mammals’ blood supply for at least 5 months out of the year. You will not find many individuals who are excited about being a meal ticket for the future of mosquitoes’ existence, but most have come to grips with mosquitoes being the irritating part of warm weather.
How Rainfall Affects Mosquitoes
Rain, rain, go away, come again another day.
Although mosquitoes cannot fly in high winds, their eggs take full advantage of the pockets of stagnant water after a flood. After a hurricane or heavy rain fall, there will always be an increase of new mosquitoes. This would be the prime time to implement the 7 T’s and learn how to get rid of mosquitoes in your yard.
We can’t change the weather, but we can prepare ourselves for it. Call today for all of your mosquito control needs.