The Dreaded Snow Mosquito

Just when you thought it was ok to go outside…we learn about snow mosquitoes!

Photo by svintuss

Photo by svintuss

Don’t be fooled by the name – this mosquito doesn’t go around biting during the snowy months, but they do hibernate so they can be some of the first to emerge come Spring. They stay cozy in leaf litter or in loose tree bark waiting for melting snow to lay eggs in.  They don’t stay completely dormant like other mosquitoes the aedes communis still stays relatively active during the freezing months.  These mosquitoes have the ability to drain their bodies of fluids in order to stop them from freezing.  This allows them to survive temperatures well below 32 degrees Fahrenheit.

So how do you keep these frosty mosquitoes away?  When snow starts to melt try to eliminate as much standing water around your home as possible. The same 5 T’s apply in the winter time as it does in the summer.

1. TIP. Reduce standing water to eliminate mosquito threats, including those in children’s sandboxes, wagons or plastic toys; underneath and around downspouts, in plant saucers and dog bowls. Other hot spots include tarps, gutters, and flat roofs.

2. TOSS. Remove excess grass, leaves, firewood and clippings from yards.

3. TURN. Turn over larger yard items that could hold water like children’s portable sandboxes or plastic toys.

4. REMOVE TARPS. If tarps stretched over firewood piles, boats or sports equipment and grills aren’t taut, they’re holding water.

5. TREAT. Utilize a mosquito elimination barrier treatment around the home and yard. Using a barrier treatment at home reduces the need for using DEET-containing bug spray on the body. Mosquito Squad’s eliminates up to 90% of the mosquitoes and ticks on a property.

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