Does The Cold Weather Kill Off Mosquitoes?
Many people think that if the weather gets cold enough, it will kill off mosquitoes and their offspring. Unfortunately, cold weather may impact mosquitoes, but in most cases it will not kill them off. Mosquitoes are cold-blooded creatures which means they are not capable of regulating body heat. As a result, a mosquito’s temperature is the same as the surroundings. Mosquitoes function best at 80 Degrees Fahrehnheight and become lethargic at 60 degrees Fahrehnheight. In order for cold temperatures to actually impact mosquitoes, the temperature need to be at least below 50 degrees Fahrehnheight. When the temperature reaches 50 Degrees Fahrehnheight, most mosquitoes will hibernate, migrate and some may die.
Did you know that mosquitoes are even found in artic locations like Alaska?
Some mosquito species have fully adapted to living in cooler climates. They even have winter hardy eggs and hibernate as embryos in eggs laid by the last generations of females in late summer. The eggs are usually submerged under ice and hatch in the spring when the water temperatures rise. In New Orleans, the mosquitoes do not have winter hardy eggs, but their eggs can still survive 50 degree weather and lower. The mosquitoes will simply wait to hatch until the temperature is perfect.
What Can You Do To Get Rid Of Mosquitoes?
If you cannot rely the cold weather to kill the mosquitoes on your property, you have to take matters into your own hands. The best way to begin to reduce the mosquito population is to make sure the remove all standing water around your property. Stagnant water left in plant containers and tires provide the perfect breeding ground for mosquitoes. Next, consider looking into the an environmentally friendly solution to get rid of the mosquitoes like the In2Care Mosquito Traps that Terminix offers. Learn more- HERE.