Winter offers a nice reprieve from some of the most annoying pests. Their absence may even make you forget about them for several months. Unfortunately, when it comes to mosquitoes, the winter months are not a time to slack off, and there are still a number of important things to be done to help control mosquitoes next spring. Let’s take a closer look at how mosquitoes survive the winter and what you need to do now to prevent them.
How do mosquitoes survive the winter?
Mosquitoes have developed special ways to survive cold weather, which may vary slightly by species. Some mosquito species will hibernate as adults. They will pass the winter in a hollow log, burrow, or other sheltered location, and then emerge again in the spring to reproduce.
Other mosquito species will go through the winter in their immature stages. The adults will lay the eggs during the fall and then die off. The eggs will suspend their development throughout the winter until the temperatures rise and the rains return in the spring. The eggs will then rehydrate and continue to develop until they hatch. This process of suspended development is called diapause. Some of the most dangerous and troublesome species, aedes aegypti and aedes albopictus, overwinter in this way. These mosquitoes are concerning because they are known to transmit diseases like West Nile, Zika, dengue, and yellow fever.
What should you do to prevent mosquitos?
Mosquito control and prevention should be a year-round process. The more you can do to prevent them during the fall and winter, the fewer problems you will have during the next year. Mosquitoes breed and lay their eggs in standing water. Without this stagnant water, they can not reproduce. Unfortunately, it only takes a very small amount of water, so homeowners have to be very vigilant about eliminating these kind of environments, especially during the winter and early spring when people tend to spend less time and energy in their yards. Here are some mosquito prevention tips:
- Turn over all flower pots, toys, or containers that may collect water or snow
- Clean out gutters and downspouts
- Level your yard to prevent puddle formation
- Regularly change the water in birdbaths and pet bowls
- Keep ponds aerated or stocked with fish
- Clean up any garbage or debris that may hold water
Mosquitoes in Texas are a huge problem, so prevention may not always be enough. Mosquito control done by a trained technician can make a huge difference in your comfort and safety. Contact EcoArmor Pest Defense for help dealing with the pests around your home. We have the knowledge, training, and products necessary to keep the pests away. For pest control in Anna, TX and surrounding areas, EcoArmor Pest Defense is your best bet.