It’s that time of year again when things
Are you ready for mosquito season?
Knowing when mosquito season occurs where you live is a good starting point to be adequately prepared, and to help you
At any rate, you can protect yourself and your family from those pesky party crashers!
When Does Mosquito Season Start?
It’s all about temperature and rainfall. Some mosquitoes take the winter off and hibernate, then come out to enjoy the warmer weather in the spring, and other species lay eggs before the winter, then the eggs hatch when it warms up outside.
Mostly, mosquitoes become active when temperatures consistently get up to about 45°- 50° F. Though stirring and moving around at that temperature, they will be lethargic and less mobile until temps get up to their preferred range of around 80° F.
The warmer it gets, the more mosquitoes appear, until populations are at their highest during the hottest months of summer.
But before they
How Do You Know What Kind of Mosquito Summer It Will Be?
How much we enjoy summer in the United States largely depends upon how many hungry mosquitoes there are outside. If there’s anything to complain about a quiet summer
Cold and/or dry conditions that occur during mosquito larval development during the spring or summer can significantly hinder the resulting number of hungry adult mosquitoes.
Oh, the Places Those Flying Mosquito Pests Will Go!
How many species of mosquitoes are there? According to the American Mosquito Control Association, there are over 3,000 species of mosquitoes around the world, and at least 176 of them in the United States. And hopefully, they don’t all invite themselves over to your cookout.
Long story short, mosquitoes go where they can find blood meals, which means they go wherever humans go. Whatever your belief is regarding climate change, experts predict that a warming climate will push significant numbers of mosquito populations further north, even
What does this mean? It means mosquito population expansion.
Some predict that by the year 2050, roughly half of the world’s people will live in places where the Aedes
What are Mosquitoes After?
The wives’ tale is true: mosquitoes
And there’s not much you can do about it.
Mosquitoes follow CO2 as their way of identifying bite targets. You can definitely adjust your metabolic rate somewhat through diet and exercise, but you can only change it so much.
Overweight/obese individuals and pregnant women typically have higher resting metabolic rates, which can make them more attractive to mosquitoes. Alcohol consumption and physical exertion raise your metabolic rate and also make you more attractive to your winged pest friends.
Mosquito Season Varies By Region
Obviously, as you move north from south, the months for your state’s mosquito season can vary. For more southerly regions, mosquito season can start as early as February. Or you may see mosquitoes all year long.
Warmer regions, like Arizona, Texas, Nevada, and New Mexico will see the beginning of mosquito season as early as March. In Florida, the southern part of the state will see mosquito season begin as early as February—the climate in southern Florida is friendly to mosquitoes (i.e., moisture and humidity for breeding and laying eggs). Remember, they’re after heat and moisture.
Though we typically associate mosquitoes with
In Alaska, mosquito season is notably brief. Mosquito season in the southern-most regions of Alaska starts in early May, it might not happen in the northern parts of the state until mid-June, and it may end as early as late July. As for the east (Pennsylvania, Massachusetts, New York, etc.), gradual warming in recent years has resulted in an atypically longer mosquito season.
Prepare Before Mosquito Season Arrives
While the spread of mosquitoes can’t
Below are some suggested times to start preparation for mosquito season in different parts of the country. Again, this will depend on how early in the year your region
- Mosquito season in Arizona: early March
- Mosquito season in Florida: early March in the northern part of the state and early February further south
- Mosquito season in California: early March in southern California and early April in the northern part
- Mosquito season in Pennsylvania: late April
- Mosquito season in Alaska: early May
- Mosquito season in Maine: early May
Maggie’s Farm Mosquito Season Map
Start By Mosquito-Proofing Your Property
Never think it's too early in the season to start mosquito-proofing your home, business, or yard. Your first concern will be to keep those little pests outside.
Try implementing some preventive tips:
Repair damaged or ineffective window screens. Make sure door and window screens are in good repair or replaced (a 16-18 gauge mesh is the recommended size to keep pests out).
Screened-in decks, porches, or patios should also be thoroughly checked
Repair cracks and leaks.
Check for exterior wall and foundational cracks, where mosquitoes could find their way in, and seal any you might find.
Also, check for leaks which could end up creating water pooling around the structure.
Clean clogged-up gutters. Gutters will typically clog up with leaves, debris, and other junk during the wintertime.
This clogging can help stop up drainage systems, creating puddling of water which can stagnate, and attract more mosquitoes.
When it warms up after the ice and snow go their way, get up there and give your gutters (and street gutter in front of your home) a thorough “once-over.”
Remove stagnant water. Remember, mosquitoes love to hang around and breed in stagnant water.
Minimize the accumulation of water around your house as much as possible.
Empty collected water out of all the wheelbarrows, old tires, buckets, planters, and any other spots where rainwater may collect.
Empty and refill kiddie pools, bird feeders, pet dishes, etc., with fresh water.
Fill in low-lying areas. After the snow and ice melt, fill in any sinkholes and ditches that might collect water during rainfall.
Remove or fill in hollow trees and logs. Remove or fill in any hollow trees, logs, and stumps in your yard to get rid of more areas capable of collecting stagnant water.
By filling these areas in, you’ll also
Bug lights. Yellow outdoor bug lights won’t
In-Season Mosquito Control Tips
Preventive measures are always the key to winning the battle against any pests, but such measures are not always foolproof for the entire season.
The very best thing you can focus on is the disruption of their natural habitats/breeding cycle.
Try these tips throughout mosquito season:
Preventive measures are always the key to winning the battle against any pests, but such measures are not always foolproof to last all summer.
Plan on seeing mosquitoes a-plenty all during mosquito season. The very best thing you can focus on is the disruption of their natural habitats/breeding cycle.
Vigilance after rainstorms. Summer rains are always good for the lawn and plants, but they also create puddles that will attract mosquitoes if left unattended. Inspect your yard/property after each time it rains, do what you can to drain or fill in these areas.
Cover boats, kiddie pools, hot tubs, grills, etc. Keep items that may harbor stagnant water covered or overturned when not in use.
Keep your lawn cut short, bushes/shrubbery trimmed. You don’t want to leave tall grass or dense shrubbery available for mosquitoes to harbor in.
They pocket in shady, humid areas, including in unkempt grass and plant life. Keeping your lawn well-kept will also help keep fleas and tick populations in check.
Clean your pool!
If your pool goes unused or goes uncleaned for too long, you will
Effective mosquito repellents. There are many mosquito repellents on the market, including Citronella candles and coils for smaller, confined areas, and bug zappers for
Smoke also repels them. Experiment to find the ones that work best for your family’s situation.
Personal mosquito protection. Whenever you will be in areas where mosquitoes may try to feed on you, be sure to protect yourself and your family.
- Try to avoid going outdoors as much as possible in the early morning or early evening (these are peak mosquito times).
- Wear light-colored long-sleeved shirts and long pants
Apply mosquito repellent on any exposed skin. Green personal mosquito repellents like Maggie’s Farm
Simply EffectiveNatural Insect Repellent™ are good if you're wanting to manage insect pests safely.
- Treat personal items (e.g., pants, socks, boots, tents, etc.) with mosquito repellent.
When Does Mosquito Season End?
How do you know when you don’t have to worry about mosquitoes anymore? Temperature. As it gets cooler, you will notice a decline in the number of mosquitoes. Non-hibernating mosquitoes will begin to “keel over” as the temperature goes back down toward the 50° F mark (at about 60° F mosquitoes become lethargic and less mobile). Hibernating mosquitoes will seek harborage in convenient spots, like animal refuges and hollow logs.
Be Ready For Mosquito Season
When does mosquito season start in your state? Whether in February, June or any other time, you can prepare and do what you need to
What do you do to prepare for mosquito season? Leave us a comment below!