Flooding rain is creating ideal conditions for the breeding of the summer’s greatest pest: the mosquito.
Many people don’t know much about mosquitoes except that they are very annoying and ruin the camping trips and barbecues.
In order to prepare you for the mosquito season, we will explain certain details and how the weather patterns affect their activity:
- According to the American Mosquito Control Association, there are 176 mosquito speciesactive in the states. Mosquito eggs are laid in water, this is the main reason why those insects are related to marshes. Puddles and standing water can also be considered as a home for this insect.
- The main thing is that the water needs to be still, heavy and frequent rain can wash out the eggs.
- Even though most mosquitoes in the USA are mostly found in the southern parts, there are some spices that can be found in pools from melting glaciers, these spices are able to withstand cold temperatures.
- After big storms, there is an increase in the mosquito population and what matters is how long the water on the ground remains after the storm.
- A common myth is that bug zappers are the best way to solve the mosquito problems but that’s not necessarily true.mosquitoes don’t really care about the bright light — they’re much more attracted to you.
WARM AND MOIST WEATHER- A MOSQUITO’S FRIEND
A common fact is that mosquitoes like wet and warm weather. As mentioned above, the southern part of the US is a common territory for mosquitoes, but they exist almost everywhere, certain conditions can make almost any location favorable for this insect. They are most active in temperatures above 80 degrees. As temperatures climb higher, mosquito activity can decline, they are less active if the weather conditions are extremely hot.
Higher temperatures make any of the diseases the mosquitoes carry to be more active and transmissible. So if the nights are warm for a longer period, make sure to take care because these insects are active and might get you infected with some disease if they bite you.
Mosquitos like warm, standing water. Rain can wash off the eggs that are laid in the standing water. However, heavy rainfall can also increase the mosquito infestations if the water creates a pool nearby. In order to avoid infestations after heavy rains, you should prevent extra moisture whenever possible and as soon as possible.
COLD WEATHER AND MOSQUITOES
If the temperatures are below 50 degrees, the mosquitoes are asleep. The winter temperatures don’t kill the mosquitoes, as long as the temperature is within the standard range for the region, mosquitoes hibernate during the cold conditions. Some certain species that don’t survive in the cold have reproductive strategies that can make their eggs survive and hatch the following warm season.
Hopefully, you will find this post useful and learn how the weather conditions affect the mosquito activity. Being aware of the facts above will get you prepared for dealing with those insects on time and make sure they don’t ruin your camping trips and backyard barbecues.