When the temps are cold, we often get the question: What happens to the mosquitoes in cold weather?
Mosquitoes are cold-blooded creatures and do not generally bite in temperatures below 50F. In the Midwest, some adult mosquitoes become inactive with the onset of weather and enter into hibernation (known as diapause) before the first frost. Other mosquitoes die in the fall but have winter-hardy eggs, which lie on the ground like seeds. The eggs are waiting for the “perfect” conditions to hatch and produce a new generation. Some of these eggs can actually survive for up to five years before hatching.
Now that we know that mosquitoes and mosquito eggs are waiting on those perfect conditions; extended daylight, warmer temperatures, and standing water, here are some measures that you can take to help reduce the mosquito population on your property and the need to use bug spray.
We refer to them as the 5 T’s:
TIP – tip over any standing water from planters
TOSS – toss out leaves, branches, and other debris that can stay moist
TURN – turn over kids or pets’ toys, or other items that can hold water
REMOVE TARPS – tarps need to be pulled tight over any firewood or boats
TREAT – treat your property with a professional mosquito control company
At Mosquito Squad of Omaha Metro, we protect our clients by eliminating mosquitoes. We help to reduce the mosquito population, by up to 90%. Our trained applicators visit our client’s property every 2-3 weeks. They perform a site survey, identifying areas to be treated, including the foliage, natural areas, and other areas where we know that mosquitoes like to feed and harbor. We treat for adult mosquitos and ticks, as well as focusing on larval control. Whether you looking for a traditional barrier treatment or an all-natural approach, we offer options to best meet your outdoor family needs.
So, as we begin to warm up, let’s be on the lookout for standing water that will continue to be caused in part by spring showers, run offs, and the likes. It is the mosquito’s primary key to survival.