When Do Mosquitoes Come Out and When Do They Go Away
Every year, the sign that mosquito season has started comes in the form of itchy red bumps on our skin. Mosquitoes are, arguably, the most annoying aspect of summer. We generally associate them with hot summer days. However, these insect enemies actually emerge sooner than the scorching days of summer. Depending on which state you live in, mosquitoes may buzz around for most of the year.
The general rule of thumb is that mosquitoes exit hibernation once the temperature reaches 50 degrees Fahrenheit. In the US, mosquito season in southern states like Florida and Hawaii can begin as early as February. And in the northernmost inland states, from Maine to Washington, mosquitoes typically emerge by mid-May. If mosquitoes really drive you nuts, consider moving to Alaska! They have an extremely short mosquito season, usually from mid-June through July.1
The season can continue well into autumn. The first frost will signal the end of the season, but mosquitoes will quickly come out of hibernation if warm weather occurs during fall and winter.
Mosquitoes really are everywhere! The best way to reduce mosquitoes in your area is to eliminate any standing water in and around your home because mosquitoes lay their eggs on water. The maturing time frame for mosquito eggs depends on the species but can be anywhere from 4 days to 1 month.2 Think of any standing water as a potential mosquito breeding ground!
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- When Is Mosquito Season In Your State? (n.d.). Retrieved June 11, 2019, from http://www.mosquitomagnet.com/articles/mosquito-season
- Biology. (n.d.). Retrieved June 11, 2019, from https://www.mosquito.org/page/biology