Mosquitoes cause a lot of irritation from buzzing to biting and then there’s the after effects – itching! Long after a mosquito has bitten, you are reminded of their presence with the burning, itching, ugly welts they leave behind. Of course, the best way to keep this from happening is avoiding mosquitoes altogether, which is not easy to do, so prevention in the form of mosquito control early is the best option. There are peak times for mosquitoes, as in seasons AND time of day.
When Are Mosquitoes Most Active in Texas During the Year?
It depends on where you are in Texas, but we, along with the other southernmost states get the disadvantage of the some of the earliest starting and latest ending dates for mosquito season in the U.S.
When Does Mosquito Season Start in South Texas?
South Texas mosquito season actually starts in February, believe it or not. As soon as the weather makes its way above 50 degrees for a significant amount of time, mosquito eggs will start hatching. The rest of Texas usually starts just after the South with the season taking hold in March.
But for those in the southern region of Texas, mosquito control should begin earlier than March so it doesn’t get out of control. If you have a mister, February is the time to get it checked out and serviced. If no mosquito mister is present, then February is time to get your action plan in place. Prevention starts early and you don’t want to miss your window of opportunity. Not to mention getting on the calendar early is to your advantage. Come mid-March, everyone who doesn’t heed this advice is already behind and will start filling the calendar with urgently needed mosquito treatment appointments!
What Time of Day Are Mosquitoes Most Active?
Most mosquitoes, especially in South Texas are most active in the cooler (we know, haha) hours. They come out just as the sun is rising or setting and stay out after sundown. Our most common mosquito, the Tiger mosquito is active in the late afternoon, evening and morning hours.
The mosquitoes you find flying around your home are more likely to bite in the evening and into the night, which is why you will find evidence of bites, especially on babies and young children the next day. Diseases transmitted by mosquitoes through these bites are a big reason to start mosquito control measures before there is a problem.
Why Do Mosquitoes Bite at Night?
Sun exposure, especially in the very hot climates of the south can dehydrate mosquitoes. Which is even more reason to make sure standing water is scarce around your property. Mosquitoes seek out shaded areas, areas with tall grass, and/or spots that have standing water to avoid sunlight.
When Does Mosquito Season End in Texas?
The end of mosquito season varies, especially in a state as large as Texas. The variable is temperature. Regions, like South Texas that stay above 50 degrees for most of the year can have a very long mosquito season, starting in February and not ending until October or November. Consistent mosquito control and treatment through summer and well into fall is very important in hot climates, like those in South Texas.
If you haven’t started your mosquito control plan yet, or didn’t realize how long you needed to plan for in Victoria and the surrounding counties, we invite you to contact Mosquito Squad of Victoria today or by visiting our website to ensure a safe and mosquito-free summer and fall!