There are over three thousand species of mosquitoes all over the world. Knowing when these dangerous insects most active can definitely help you and your loved ones avoid being bitten or harmed when planning an outdoor activity.
What Time of the Day are These Mosquitoes Most Active?
The activity level of mosquitoes certainly depends on their species. As a matter of fact, some mosquitoes are more active during daylight while others come out more during the night. Some species of mosquitoes such as the genus Aedes are actually active during daylight and tend to harm people aggressively, particularly in the morning as well as late afternoon. This type of species is recognized for spreading pathogens which cause yellow fever, chikungunya, dengue and Zika virus. On the other hand, some mosquito species in the genus Culex are basically active during night time and are known for bringing the pathogen which causes the West Nile virus.
Other species of mosquitoes such as the Anopheles, which are responsible for carrying malaria virus, are active during dusk, dawn and nighttime. Since dusk comes between daylight and nighttime, their activities tend to be greatest during these times.
What Time of the Year Do Mosquitoes More Active?
You have probably observed that mosquitoes tend to lessen or totally disappear when the temperatures outdoors start to go drop. That is because mosquitoes do not want to thrive when the temperatures go down below fifty degrees Fahrenheit. In addition to that, some species of mosquitoes such as the genus Aedes resist cold temperatures by overwintering the eggs that hatch during the spring time when temperatures rise.
While in other species of mosquitoes, the adults overwinter by looking for habitats which help protect them from low temperatures such as sewers, cellars and caves. Regardless of how these mosquitoes overwinter, they basically emerge when temperatures go beyond fifty degrees Fahrenheit. This is the reason why people in warmer places tend to deal with mosquitoes more than the people in cold places.
Preparing for Mosquito Season
Even though mosquitoes are likely inevitable, there are some precautionary measures you can take in order to protect you and your loved ones from these insects and their harmful bites when they start to make their yearly debut.
Mosquitoes lay eggs in very moist soil and water, so getting rid of any areas of stagnant water from around your house can definitely help decrease their chances to deliver eggs nearby. This may include:
- Old tires
- Clogged gutters
- Dripping outdoor faucets
- Garbage cans
Filling in ditches or some other places which may collect stagnant water is also very essential. Aside from that, you may also fix any damaged window screens all over your house as well as keep all your doors and windows closed at all times to prevent mosquitoes from going inside. When you have plans on venturing outside your home, you should make sure that you use a quality mosquito repellent to draw away harmful mosquitoes or you should consider hiring a professional Mansfield pest control service provider.