If you think the end of summer signals the end of mosquitoes, think again. Mosquitoes are still active in the fall. These potentially disease-carrying pests continue searching for meals at least through the first frost or until temperatures are consistently below 50 degrees, and the Old Farmer’s Almanac is predicting a warmer than usual fall and winter for our region.
Not only are mosquitoes feeding in the fall, but they are also still breeding. Some species die off in the cold, but first lay eggs that can survive the winter cold and hatch in spring. Other species go into hibernation and lay their eggs in the spring when temperatures rise.
While dusk is the most common feeding time for mosquitoes the summer, they will come out earlier on cooler fall days, so taking steps to repel and avoid them is as important as ever.
If you are out hiking or leaf-peeping:
- Wear long sleeves and pants, and tuck pant cuffs into socks.
- Use mosquito repellants containing DEET or picaridin.
- Avoid areas with stagnant water or that are heavily wooded.
When you are cleaning up your property for the fall, take steps to reduce potential mosquito breeding areas.
- Remove piles of damp leaves.
- Eliminate sources of standing water in things like birdbaths, planters and buckets.
- Clean gutters. Leaf-filled gutters cause water to back up, making a perfect mosquito breeding ground.
Fall is also a good time to patch holes in screens that may have developed over the summer, as they could serve as points of entry for mosquitoes seeking warmth and food.
For more information or for treatment options for mosquitoes or any pest problem, give us a call.