It feels like the winter has lasted longer than usual. It’s been cold and wet lately, with storms passing through way too often for me. Our temperatures just can’t seem to warm up, but the calendar shows that we are only a few weeks away from the official start of spring – how exciting!
When the temps are cold, I often get the question: Do mosquitoes die off in the cold?
Mosquitoes are cold-blooded creatures and do not generally bite in temperatures below 50F. In Georgia, some adult mosquitoes become inactive with the onset of cold 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. Talk about hardy!
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
- TARP – 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 Duluth-Lawrenceville, 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 barrier spray treatment or an all-natural approach, we offer options to best meet your outdoor family needs. And the best part is there is no need to spray harsh chemicals!
So, as we begin to warm up, let’s be on the look out 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.