The frigid winter temperatures here in Lynn, MA may be unbearable at times, but hey – at least it keeps those pesky mosquitoes away! Though it’s likely that you’ve noticed the absence of these winged pests, you may not know where they are at the moment. It’s a common misconception that the winter weather kills them off – but if they’re not dying, where do they go? Here’s some information about what mosquitoes do during the winter, as well as preventing an infestation when spring arrives.
When temperatures begin to dip below 50 degrees (Fahrenheit), females will begin to deposit their last batches of eggs in water as little as an inch deep. Though the adults will eventually die due to the cold, the eggs will remain in a frozen, suspended state until spring. As temperatures rise, ice melts, and rain picks up, the eggs find themselves in their ideal breeding area. When they hatch, they’ll begin to seek out a food source.
While they are undoubtedly annoying, mosquitoes can be dangerous as well. Mosquitoes are responsible for transmitting the Zika virus – through their bite. Symptoms include joint and muscle pain, skin rash, vomiting, headache, among other unpleasant, potentially life-threatening issues. The only method of prevention is preventing a mosquito infestation from happening in the first place, as well as taking precautions against bites.
Here in New England, mosquitos are very common. Though the Zika virus is very rare, it certainly doesn’t hurt to be careful! At the very least, a mosquito bite can cause skin irritation. Here are a few things you can do to prevent them:
Don’t let mosquito bites ruin your spring and summer!