Mosquito activity in Atlanta can be variable, depending on weather conditions. Weather is a very important factor, and while mosquito activity dies down in the fall it may not disappear completely during the winter months. The colder the fall and the harder the winter, then the fewer mosquitoes you can expect, although it also varies according to the species.
Mosquito Activity Through the Seasons
Mosquito season is at its peak during summer, and drops as summer proceeds into fall. The warmer the weather the faster they breed and the faster they go through their life cycle. As the temperature begins to fall, mosquito activity drops off, because the breeding rate is insufficient to match their rate of disappearance. Mosquitoes die down for a number of reasons: natural predators, mosquito control systems and their natural lifetime being the major causes.
You will likely find yourself being bitten less towards the end of summer and beginning of fall, and then perhaps no activity at all until spring. But not always! Once the temperature goes below 50F, then their activity drops off with decreasing temperature. However, if you experience a warm day in late fall or early winter, then they can re-emerge to bite you.
Some species of mosquito go into a form of hibernation in winter known as ‘diapause.’ This is a state of dormancy which is initiated by cold weather and inhibited by warm weather of around 50 degrees, give or take a few according to the species. That’s why you can get an occasional bite on a warm day in fall or early/late winter – and it’s not unknown to hear that buzz in the Holiday period! Check out our blog post “Where do Mosquitoes Hide” for more information – this opens on a new page so you can easily get back here.
Mosquitoes in Atlanta Never Go Away
They certainly don’t! In addition to the information on the post above there may still be live mosquitoes in spaces beneath your home, particularly if there is standing water or leaks from water pipes. You should check right around your home and your yards for any areas of standing water that can house mosquito eggs over winter. They can hatch and emerge as larvae in late winter to early spring depending upon temperature. It won’t be long from then to you hearing them buzz and start biting you.
It is important that you check around your home – back and front yards, and any ponds or pools you might have to make sure they are not housing dormant mosquitoes or their eggs. If you have fish in your ponds they will probably take care of the issue for you. If not, then you can treat them with an insecticide that reduces the chances of you being bitten in early spring.
Come mid to late spring, however, and also mid to late fall, it is wise to get a professional to take care of the problem for you. Mosquito activity in Atlanta can make your life a misery for most of the year. Mr. Mister can help you control mosquitoes in the areas around your home.
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