Now that the weather has begun to cool down, many people are wondering when mosquito season is going to finally be over. Unfortunately, here in Texas, mosquito season lasts the majority of the year, so don’t let down your guard just yet.
What determines when mosquito season is?
Mosquitoes love hot, humid weather. Scientists have found that most species of mosquitoes will hatch or emerge from hibernation when the temperature hits about 50 degrees fahrenheit on a regular basis. They will then multiply quickly and reach their peak population during the middle of summer when the temps are the highest. During the fall, when the temperature starts to dip below 50 degrees again, some mosquitoes will start to die off, while others will seek out good hibernating spots in logs, animal burrows, or other sheltered environments. Different species of mosquitoes survive the winter in different ways. Most regions in the United States will hit this 50 degree cutoff at some point during the year and get at least a small mosquito-free window.
When is mosquito season in Texas?
As far as Texas is concerned, the mosquito season is divided into two main zones. Southern Texas weather will consistently hit 50 degrees starting in early February. That means mosquito season may last from February to November in areas along the Gulf Coast. The northern half of the state typically gets a little more of a reprieve from the mosquitoes and will often not regularly hit 50 degrees until early March. The mosquito season in areas like Waco, Dallas, and Fort Worth usually goes from March through October.
What does this mean for you?
Even though its fall and football season has started, don’t forget about mosquitoes yet. Continue mosquito prevention efforts around your home, and make sure to protect yourself from bites. Here are some reminders to help keep the mosquitoes away.
- Remove objects around your yard that collect water
- Unclog gutters and downspouts
- Fill low-lying areas in your landscaping that may cause water to puddle
- Make sure there are screens in all windows
- Keep swimming pools and ponds well-maintained
- Use repellents containing DEET when outdoors during dusk or dawn
- Continue with your regular pest control services
Anna, Texas Mosquito Control
If you are in need of mosquito control in Anna, TX or surrounding areas, contact the professionals at EcoArmor Pest Defense. Our Mosquito Assassin program (March – October) can help keep your family comfortable and safe. For help with mosquitoes, fire ants, rodents, termites, and more, check out eco-armor.com to get started today.