Ah, summer is over at last. The heat has abated, school is back in session, and it’s time to finally get some relief from the oppressive (and sticky) Texas heat. Weekend cookouts and sand-covered vacations may be a thing of the past, but don’t get caught in the common trap of thinking that just because it’s cooling off that those nasty insectoid predators that haunt your yard are a thing of the past.
Not so. Even when the weather cools off, the mosquitoes don’t just disappear. Don’t get caught unawares—know exactly what those sly skeeters are up to this fall.
Do mosquitoes hibernate?
Mosquitoes can actually hibernate, just like bears. Often during the fall, they’ll spend their time preparing for winter by either laying eggs or fattening up for the long sleep. This behavior varies by species, as some types of mosquitoes will hibernate over winter and lay eggs in the spring when the rains begin, and some will lay winter-hardy eggs that will hatch of their own accord when the time is right.
Mosquitoes like cool, not cold
Since mosquitoes are cold-blooded, they will hibernate and die off, but only once the temperatures are consistently below 50F. As such, in the early months of fall, and in Texas, sometimes for all of fall, they’ll be perfectly happy to continue bothering you all through the cool months you were so looking forward to. If it’s a brisk 60 in your backyard, even if the wind is blowing and the leaves are falling: you’re not alone.
How cold is cold enough to get rid of mosquitoes?
A hard frost will kill all exposed mosquitoes, with few exceptions. A hard frost is usually defined as two consecutive hours at a temperature below 28 degrees Fahrenheit. (The best part about weather this cold is that you can wear more layers, and really up your mosquito prevention game.)
When will mosquito season end?
While some mosquitoes may be able to survive the winter, usually they stop biting after the first frost. Now, since we’re in Texas, that might be in early January, or potentially never, depending on where you’re located. When the temperatures get below 50F, you’ll feel some relief, but if it remains consistently warmer, they’re just as likely to come back. Better safe than sorry—get your yard sprayed before it’s too late.
How can you help keep the mosquito population at a minimum?
You can help remove nearby mosquito breeding grounds in the fall by limiting the amount of water in your yard. Remove standing water from birdbaths, flowerpots, and gutters, remove piles of leaves and keep loose branches in your yard trimmed and under control. Fix any leaky faucets and drain the pool if it’s unused. You can’t go too far in your efforts to limit mosquito breeding grounds. Where there’s standing water, there will be skeeters. Stop that train before it starts!
Still dealing with pesky bugs this fall? Mosquito Squad of Victoria has your back. We’ve got the juice to keep your yard safe and sound in any season, any time. And you know what they say. When you find yourself in times of trouble, Mosquito Squad comes to you… So call us today!