Ever wonder where mosquitoes go during the winter and why they’re not biting? Many people are under the assumption that mosquitoes simply die as the temperatures drop but this is not the case! The answer is actually quite interesting and proves that the mosquito is a resilient little insect.
Do Mosquitoes Hibernate?
Male mosquitoes have a lifespan of only about a week and a half and die after mating in the fall. Female mosquitoes lay their eggs in the fall in areas where the ground is wet and moist or in stagnant water. They then become inactive during the winter months, similar to how bears hibernate. The already laid eggs lay dormant in the soil and freezing water until conditions become more favorable for hatching. Those that live in regions where the temperatures get below freezing, like in New England, will delay their development until the weather warms up. This process is called diapause. Once the weather is warmed up those eggs will continue development and will begin to hatch.
Why Don’t They Bite During the Winter?
In addition to being dormant, mosquitoes simply don’t need to bite humans during the winter months. The reason female mosquitoes bite in the first place is because they need the protein in human blood to assist in egg production, which is not happening in winter. Once spring arrives, though, those previously laid eggs begin to hatch, and females prepare for reproduction. This is when we begin to notice their arrival and their bothersome bites.
How Can You Prepare Now?
Now that you know more about the habits of mosquitoes in the winter, here are some simple tips to prepare your property to keep them at bay this spring:
1. Remove any stagnant water from your property that could be a breeding ground for mosquitoes
2. Unclog gutters and repair leaky pipes to allow for proper drainage
3. Call Mosquito Busters at 877-486-9792 and visit our website for more information on how we can help!