Are mosquito sprays necessary in winter? Many people who live in the city are unsure using these and other forms of prevention in winter. Many tend to forget the winter, but once the summer heat really gets going, almost everybody who lives close to water is pestered by these aggravating bugs.
Water courses such as the Chattahoochee and Nancy Creek Rivers, and the Sweetwater, Peachtree and Sope creeks offer ideal breeding habitats for mosquitoes, and anyone living within about 3 miles of them will suffer. So should you use mosquito sprays in winter?
Mosquitoes in Winter
Mosquitoes go dormant when it gets colder than around 50 degrees. Female mosquitoes spend spring and summer drinking your blood for the protein needed to generate eggs. They mate then lay their eggs. Most species stop sucking blood once their eggs have developed and then focus on sipping nectar in the fall. This gives them a store of sugar and fat to keep them alive over winter. Some hibernate in a state known as ‘diapause.’ They can live in hollow logs, drains, cracks in brickwork, downpipes and guttering, and even in your basement until spring comes!
Some species lay their eggs in the fall which survive the winter ready for hatching when the temperature increases in spring. Others hatch in fall, and then the larvae wait out the winter until they can emerge in spring. There is no strict rule, and a mosquito spray will not affect eggs or larvae, and will likely also have little effect on the adults at this time of year.
Mosquito Sprays in Winter
If you use an insecticide spray around your yard in winter, then it won’t do much good unless you happen to spray directly onto the insect. Because they are not moving around, it is unlikely that your spray will have much effect. In fact, it might even do damage to beneficial creatures such as spiders, natural mosquito predators and even the amphibians and fish that feed on mosquito larvae or even the adults themselves.
Spring and summer is when mosquito sprays are most effective. So what to do in winter? Is it worthwhile doing anything until the insects emerge again in spring? The answer is yes, you can do something. The most effective action you can take in winter is to prepare for spring.
Automatic Mosquito Misting Systems
We have explained elsewhere on this website how you can minimize the standing water in and around your yard. You can also arrange to set up an automatic mosquito misting system. Most people leave it until the eggs have hatched and larvae have developed into adults and then contact Mr. Mister with their problem.
If you have an automatic mosquito misting system set up by spring, then you can a) Remove any mosquitoes that appear after their winter sleep, b) control mosquitoes that have recently developed into adults, and c) destroy those mosquitoes that have tried to enter your yard or the perimeter around your home, from their natural breeding grounds.
Once spring starts could be too late. However, if you do leave it this late then Mr. Mister can help you to install and develop your plan to help ensure that you can enjoy your yard when you want to. Why have a yard if you can’t enjoy it!!
Get more information on mosquito sprays here, and learn how to set up an automatic mosquito misting system. Prevention in winter involves planning ahead rather than dealing with any immediate problem.
Mr. Mister Mosquito Control
4016 Flowers Rd #400
Atlanta, GA 30360