Have you ever wondered, what happens to the mosquito population during the Fall months?
The weather is becoming cooler at night and he leaves are turning beautiful hues of red, yellow, light green, orange, and brown with the coming of fall. With the decrease of green foliage comes an increase in the mosquito population. As a general rule of thumb, higher temperatures facilitate an increase in mosquito breeding in the spring and fall seasons when there is plenty of moisture readily available. The combination of heightened moisture and higher temperatures provides a perfect breeding environment. The mosquitoes mate in the fall and soon after, the male mosquito dies. The females can live in hollow logs or animal burrows in order to survive the winter months. We may not see the mosquitoes during the winter, but they are definitely out there. They will remain inactive until higher temperatures and moisture levels arise.
Many female mosquitoes lay eggs in the fall and winter that will lie dormant in the soil until spring brings more moisture and higher temperatures. Some eggs, however, may hatch if the conditions are favorable for their survival. Most of the larvae go into a sort of hibernation phase as their metabolism slows down dramatically. On the other hand, higher temperatures in the summer decrease breeding habitats due to the drier environment. Thus, the recent season change to fall has brought on an increase in the mosquito population. This, in turn, may warrant a year round mosquito control program. If you have any questions, please contact your local pest control specialist.