Have You Ever Wondered Why Mosquitoes Are More Active At Certain Times Of The Day And Year?

Mosquitoes Active - Dead Mosquito on Hand - TerminixThere are a lot of different types of mosquitoes flying around. Specifically, there are over 176 mosquito species in the United States alone and worldwide there are over 3000. It is important to know when mosquitoes are most active in order to avoid them. Each type of mosquito is unique. Some are active during the day and others prefer the night.

Time Of Day Activity

The genus Aedes mosquito species is active during the day, particularly during the early morning and early evening hours. These mosquitoes are known for spreading pathogens that cause West Nile and other diseases. The genus Culex mosquito species prefers the night. These mosquitoes will be more active at night and are known for carrying the pathogen that causes West Nile virus. The mosquito that is responsible for spreading malaria in humans is called the Anopheles mosquito. These mosquitoes are active during the nighttime, dawn and dusk. Malaria is not common in the United states, but it is important to know if you are traveling. So, if you plan on going outside, try to avoid the early morning and early evening hours. Make sure when you do go outside during these hours, to put on mosquito repellent and long sleeves and pants.

Time Of Year Activity

Mosquitoes do not like the cold. When the temperatures begin to drop, mosquitoes tend to disappear because they do not like to be exposed to temperatures below 50 degrees Fahrenheit. Unfortunately, the Aedes mosquito species will deal with the colder temperatures. They will overwinter their eggs to help them hatch the following spring when the temperatures become warmer. In other mosquito species, the adults will overwinter by seeking warmer environments to protect themselves from the cold like sewers. Just be prepared, when the temperatures return to above 50 degrees Fahrehnheight or higher, the mosquitoes will emerge. This means that in places like Louisiana, the mosquitoes are basically active all year round since the area really does not get too cold.

Protection From Mosquitoes

Mosquitoes lay their eggs in water or very moist soil which means the entire Northshore and New Orleans Metro areas’ warm and wet climates are very accommodating. Therefore, removing standing water from around your home can reduce the mosquito’s opportunity to lay eggs. Check garbage cans, gutters, tarps, old tires, plant bases, bird baths and any other containers that can collect water. Remember, it does not take much water, so check toys that are left outside and even garden tools that can collect water.

Terminix Mosquito Treatments

The In2Care® Mosquito Trap uses water with an odor  to attract egg-laying Aedes mosquitoes. Once inside the plastic container, they come in contact with a biological control agent that eliminates them. The system uses a fungus that kills the mosquito several days after infection and can prevent disease transmission. It exploits the fact that Aedes like to divide their eggs over multiple sites; by letting them fly out of the trap while carrying larvicide on their legs. They transport the larvicide and contaminate several breeding sites around the trap. This way, you can get rid of larvae in small and hard to find spots. The In2Care Mosquito Trap is the first trap that uses a biological control agent to kill mosquitoes. The larvicide is US-EPA-approved and World Health Organization-recommended.  Call Terminix today to get rid of mosquitoes in your yard. The system can protect you and your family for only $95 per month. Learn more – HERE.