Check out the laundry list of pest control services that EHS Pest Services offers to the citizens of the great states of Massachusetts and Rhode Island. Bedbugs, mice, termites, ants, etc.? You might not think we’d be educating you about mosquitoes in early February, but that’s exactly what we’re going to do.
Most people incorrectly believe that mosquitoes all die in the frigid winter weather and are of no concern until spring. Yes, a hard freeze will kill living mosquitoes, however, that does not mean you’re done with them until Spring. Adult mosquitoes (particularly female Aedes Aegypti) end their life after egg stage, however, their newly deposited eggs enter the “diapause” state wherein their development are momentarily suspended in the cold months. But they do survive. Prolonged unseasonal winter warming can actually wake them up.
As winter winds down and temperatures starts to rise these eggs begin to hatch and they are born hungry. Your mosquito concerns should be less about that annoying sting they deliver but more about disease. Concern yourself with the fact that they could very well be infected with the Zika virus and that virus is transferable to humans.
Knowing these facts, it is necessary to remain cautious when you go outside your home during winter. Also make sure to throw any containers that could hold water or clean any potential sites where mosquito eggs can be deposited. Unclog gutters, seal trash cans tightly and repair leaky pipes and faucets. Use DEET insect repellants when you go outdoors.