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Cold Weather Doesn’t Mean Mosquitos are Totally Gone

posted this on Oct 31, 2016

mosquito in the snow

 

In Southern states especially, mosquitos tend to thrive in warmer weather, messing with us during the summer and making us think twice about taking a quiet night stroll around the park. Naturally, we hope that when the weather gets colder, the mosquitos would spare us and at least give us a season where we didn’t have to worry about them.

 

While it may be true that colder weather does chase off the warm-blood loving mosquitoes, that doesn’t mean they are totally out of the picture. Some mosquitoes have adapted to the lower temperatures and have implemented several strategies to get through the cold and feast of us to keep themselves warm.

 

When winter weather arrives, many species of mosquitoes die off, leaving behind only eggs which lie on the ground like seeds. These eggs wait patiently for warmer weather to return and the spring showers to hatch a new generation. Other species of mosquito seek sanctuary from the cold weather by going into hibernation.

 

A History Lesson

 

While some may find it difficult to believe that these fragile-bodied mosquitos could survive freezing temperatures, an observant plantation owner by the name of J.Turner Brakeley discovered that mosquitos very much indeed can get through the winter and stick around.

 

In 1904, Brakeley was studying mosquito behavior where he discovered a new species of mosquito applying a strategy to get through cold weather as well as adult mosquitos which survived cold weather without complications. Most of these mosquitos would reside inside homes in partially heated spaces like cellars  In reports that Brakeley would put out he observed mosquitos taking a position when he dubbed the “Hibernation Squat” where the mosquitos would bend they legs and tuck their body close to a surface they were on in an attempt to absorb heat. Mosquitos would do this squat on walls or ceilings and corners of rooms.

 

It should be surprising to note that mosquitoes typically don’t eat blood during the winter and become inactive in feeding on humans and animal blood when the temperatures are below 50 degrees Fahrenheit. Scientists discovered that mosquitos change their diet during the colder periods of the year, switching from blood to more sugary foods like rotting fruit or nectar. As soon as temperatures return to their ideal climate, you better believe they will be ready to get back to blood and feeding on us humans.

 

Don’t Wait for Things to Get Warmer to Eliminate Those Blood-Suckers

 

Mosquitos may be biding their time in warm areas of your home or have left eggs waiting for the perfect conditions to hatch and beginning their feasting in the Spring when winter has ended. Don’t let it get to that point. Take a proactive role in eliminating mosquitos that are hiding in your house with our various products like our Insect Growth Regulators and larvacides that will prevent those hidden eggs from hatching and those mosquitos from growing into blood loving adults.

 

Remember that the “perfect condition” for mosquitoes are: extended daylight, warmer temperatures, and standing water. While you are warming up from the harsh cold, make sure mosquitos aren’t enjoying the same luxuries.

 

One of the most effective products for eliminating mosquitos any time of the year is Sector Mosquito Mixing Concentrate. This product is best used with a mosquito misting system and is one of the best chemicals to kill mosquitoes, no see ums, gnats, flies, and other flying insects. Sector has a unique surfactant system that is stable in solution can be left in a mosquito misting system for up to 90 days.

 

Sector is used and highly recommended by Pest control professionals and now you can own it to treat your home with ease. Just mix Sector with water in your misting system and apply to any problem areas around the perimeter of your home.

 

You can also check out the rest of our mosquito control product line here and feel free to contact us via phone or email (askapro@solutionsstores.com) for any assistance in finding the right product that would be best for your situation.

 

You can read more about the many different types of cold-surviving mosquitos at this link:

http://www.mosquitoreviews.com/mosquito-cold.html

 
 
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