When Are Mosquitoes Most Active?

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Summer Pests

Due to a humid climate and proximity to water, the Mid-Atlantic region has to deal with heavy mosquito activity. These pests feed on human blood, causing itchy welts to appear on skin. As the insects don’t cause problems year-round, knowing when mosquitoes are most active can help with control.

Summer is the focus of most mosquito activity. Heat helps the pests move through their life cycle faster, so populations grow quicker and become a greater nuisance. In the Northeast, mosquito season typically occurs from late April into October. Rainy springs often lead to more of the insects when summer arrives.

When Are Mosquitoes Most Active Outside?

Mosquitoes are most active from dusk to dawn. Some species, like the Asian tiger mosquito, also feed during the day. The pests need water to breed, so yards with sources of water attract them regardless of the time of day.

Controlling Mosquitoes

While adult mosquito activity is hard to limit, homeowners can take steps to stop the pests from breeding:

  • Remove items from lawns that collect water like flower pots and tires.
  • Properly manage ponds and pools.
  • Unclog rain gutters and ensure that drainage systems work.

Serious problems may need professional treatment. Call on the team at Western Pest Services to handle mosquitoes.