Do Mosquitoes Die in the Winter?
Since the mosquito is typically a summer pest, many people are curious about what happens to mosquitoes in the winter. Most mosquitoes do not die in the winter. Instead, these insects find places to hibernate when temperatures drop below 50 degrees.
Their eggs may also survive and stay dormant until the first spring rain.
Where Do Mosquitoes Go in the Winter?
Once it begins to get cold, some mosquito species go into storm sewers, basements, or animal burrows to avoid harsh weather. Freezing temperatures can kill these adult pests, so they must move to a warmer habitat. After they find shelter, mosquitoes in winter enter an inactive state.
Other types of these pests survive as eggs, pupae, or larvae, putting their growth on hold until warm weather. Standing water in yards helps larval mosquitoes live through the winter. Eggs on plants or soil near water may also withstand the cold.
Problems with Mosquitoes
Mosquitoes are an issue in the Mid-Atlantic region because they transmit diseases. West Nile virus, encephalitis, and other illnesses spread through their bites. Those concerned about dormant mosquitoes in winter should contact a specialist. Western Pest Services has the experience to deal with these insects.