Mosquitoes are one of the most irritating pests during the warmer months of the year. They can quickly ruin the most beautiful evening with their obnoxious and incredibly itchy bites. Have you ever given much thought of where they go during the winter months? Do they die? Do they hibernate? A-Tex Pest Management is here to unveil some of the strategies mosquitoes use to survive during the winter.
Do Mosquitoes Die During the Winter?
Wouldn’t it be nice if the whole mosquito population just died during the winter and we never had to deal with them again? Unfortunately, this just doesn’t happen. There are a few species that do, however, die during the winter. These mosquitoes lay eggs deep in the ground, usually moist ground, and the egg survive and hatch when spring comes. They are always strategically laid in the ground that will be moist and will get even wetter when spring comes and there is plenty of rain to enable them to hatch.
Do Mosquitoes Hibernate in Your House?
There are several mosquito species that do hibernate throughout the winter. You may be wondering where they go? You can find them in many different places trying their hardest to keep warm enough to survive. Since the mosquito is a cold-blooded creature, they have to depend on the heat around them to keep warm. When they are found in nature and not around places you can find humans, they are often found in places like hollow logs, the crevices of exposed tree roots, and even in the holes animals dig and live in. When you find them in places like this, you will notice they are sitting very close to the ground, trying to stay warm. They will be completely stiff and will not move at all if touched. If you look for mosquitoes around places that humans reside, you will find a more active mosquito. They usually lay low in cellars, abandoned buildings and even in and around the junk that you may be storing in your garage. They will basically be looking for a place that is partially heated. When you see mosquitoes in places like this, they will move if provoked, albeit very slowly.
Some Mosquitoes Survive as Larvae
There are a few types of mosquitoes that will actually hatch during the fall. While they are still in their larvae state, they will find water, usually the bottom of muddy ponds and hibernate there for the winter. Once spring comes, they will continue to find food and develop into an adult mosquito.
Mosquito Pest Inspections, Treatment, Control, Removal & More in Austin, Round Rock, Leander, Pflugerville & Cedar Park Texas
It’s interesting the survival skills that certain pests have to survive the winter months. Next time you are out exploring in frosty temperatures, keep your eyes out for mosquitoes, you are sure to find them hiding in some fairly odd places. A-Tex Pest Management can help you with any of your pest control needs. Call us today!