Where do Ticks Go in the Winter?

We recently enlightened you as to where mosquitoes go in the winter, but what about ticks? Most people associate ticks with the warm weather and often take precautions while outside during the spring and summer months. However, ticks don’t actually die out in the winter and, depending on the species, may be active in optimal winter weather conditions. 

Do Ticks Hibernate?

 Not in the exact sense of the word, but some ticks survive the winter by going dormant. Ticks will hide in piles of dead leaves and in wooded areas during the winter. Snow actually helps to insulate the ticks and keep them warm as they lay dormant. Other ticks will survive the winter by latching onto a host or staying underground in burrows or dens. 

 Can Ticks Bite in the Winter?

 Yes, some types of ticks, like the Blacklegged tick, can be active in the winter if the temperature is above freezing and the ground is thawed. Winter ticks, a specific kind of tick found on moose and some deer, actually hatch in the late summer as temperatures begin to fall, will latch onto a host, and will overwinter on it. Females will leave a host at the end of winter and lay eggs. However, those that do not find a host will die and will not last through the winter.  

 How Can You Prepare Now?

 Spring is right around the corner which means that those ticks that have been lying dormant are ready to rock and roll. Follow these simple tips to prepare you property against ticks: 

1.   Rid your yard of any leaf litter, weeds, brush, or wood piles

2.   Move wood piles away from your house and keep swing sets or toys away from wooded perimeters 

3.   Keep your pets out of the woods

4.   Call Mosquito Busters at 877-486-9792 and visit our websitefor more information on how we can help! 

Where Do Mosquitoes Go in the Winter?

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!