With the warmth and humidity that is typical of our climate, many residents lived in fear this past summer of West Nile and especially Zika from mosquito bites. Although the Zika problem was not as vast as it is in other countries, there were still reports of it in the United States. Local residents are now wondering when it is safe to go outdoors to enjoy the nicer temperatures, where the mosquitoes are living and when they will return.
When Do Mosquitoes Disappear?
Mosquitoes are cold-blooded creatures. The armies of small blood suckers usually disappear in late fall in this area. When temperatures reach about 50 degrees Fahrenheit, they stop biting humans. You will not see as many swarms after dark or during daylight hours. You may notice a stray mosquito or two in your home. However, they are mostly gone by late November through the middle of December.
Where Do Mosquitoes Go During The Winter?
There are many different species of mosquitoes. Most of them are never seen by humans since they live in secluded areas. Some die during the late fall but leave eggs in cold water that are resilient to temperature changes. Other types of female mosquitoes that live longer may go into hibernation during the winter by burrowing into the ground. However, they may not stay in their holes the entire time. Houston is known for some shocking warm spells during the winter, and these waiting pests may make a return if temperatures reach about 80 degrees Fahrenheit.
When Do Mosquitoes Come Back?
The hibernating mosquitoes usually return in February or March in Houston unless there is an unseasonably warm winter. The eggs that were laid by the dying mosquitoes usually hatch around this time, and these flying pests can repopulate quickly once the mercury rises higher on the thermometer. It is common to start seeing large swarms of mosquitoes at night in late March or early May.
While the winter season is a time to enjoy the holidays with less worry of these blood-sucking pests and their potential diseases, it is also a time to think about preventing mosquitoes in the spring. Winter is a good time to start using preventative treatments from pest control companies. Also, it is smart to start getting in the habit of reducing attractions such as ponds, pools, spas, pet dishes and leaky sprinkler heads. To learn more about staying safe from mosquitoes throughout the winter and the rest of the year or for a quote on pest control services, contact Mosquitonix Houston. We will help you identify risks on your property and set up a preventative treatment plan.