Where Do Mosquitoes Go In The Winter?

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During a recent mid-February warm up, I actually saw several insects flying around, even though it had been in the low 20’s just a few days earlier. I even saw a moth circling an outdoor light in the evening. That got me wondering, where do mosquitoes spend the winter? They are cold-blooded, so the freezing temperatures are going to keep them in some form of hibernation.

Mosquitoes are amazing creatures and most survive the winter in a different life stage, such as an egg, or will enter a period of inactivity called diapause. Some have the ability to dehydrate themselves to avoid freezing and wait until the weather warms up again. Other insects can actually raise the level of glycerol in their body (the glycerol acts as an anti-freeze to prevent them from freezing).

In regards to mosquitoes, it all depends on the species as to how they protect themselves during the winter. Some mosquitoes lay eggs in moist areas to survive the winter. The eggs remain dormant until the temperatures warm and spring rains return, usually in the spring. Other mosquito species spend the winter in the larval stage. These mosquitoes will enter into the diapause stage and stop developing as their metabolism slows way down.

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Surprisingly, many mosquito species will spend the winter as adults. Most of the adult population at this time consists of females. After mating in the fall, the males will die off, which happens quite often in the insect world, and the females look for a place to spend the winter. Hollowed out logs, underneath leaves, the burrow of an animal or any other suitable site that will allow them to survive until the following spring. When these females become active in the spring, they immediately start looking for a blood meal. Once this has been completed, the females find any standing water in which they can lay their eggs.

A good place to learn more about insects or just any other household pest is the National Pest Management Association at www.pestworld.org. In their section on mosquito prevention, they list some very good points on what to do to prevent mosquitoes from bothering you this year.

  • Inspect your property now for water-holding items that could contain mosquito eggs deposited during the warmer months. These items may include flowerpots, birdbaths, tire swings, grill covers and other objects where water collects.
  • Homeowners should unclog gutters, repair any leaky pipes or faucets on the outside of their home, drill holes in the bottom of tire swings and wheel barrels to allow water to drain, and ensure trash cans are tightly sealed and lids aren’t flipped upside down.
  • Apply an insect repellent containing at least 20% DEET, picaridin or oil of lemon-eucalyptus when spending time outdoors, especially in areas that don’t get much colder than 50 degrees fahrenheit like Texas, Arizona, Hawaii, Florida and Southern California. Make sure to apply the repellent as directed on the label.

To learn about mosquito prevention services for your lawn, contact your local Spring-Green office.  Whether you want a one-time application before an outdoor party or event or you want month by month prevention services, Spring-Green can provide a program that will meet your needs.

More Rain Means More Mosquito’s…

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Some areas of the US are experiencing record rain falls this spring. Which has led to wide spread flooding and property damage. On the bright side, with all this rain comes lush plants and green lawns. But, unfortunately brings one other concern – MOSQUITO’S! We may even see a bumper crop of these bloodsuckers this year, especially in areas that have had huge storms this year.

Mosquitos only need half an inch of water to breed. They can find water in places we never think about, such as gutters that may be blocked with old leaves, bird baths, flower pot trays, swimming pools, wheel barrows left outside, pet water dishes left outside or any other place where water can collect.

Once an egg is laid in the water, it takes anywhere from 4 to 14 days to progress through four life stages before becoming an adult, depending upon the water temperature. The male will feed on the nectar of flowers, but the female immediately searches for a host from which to extract a blood meal. She can lay as many as 300 eggs at one time.

Mosquito Protection Service – Expert Lawn Care Tips

Don’t forget about protection! Protecting yourself from mosquitos starts with the elimination of breeding sites. Protecting yourself can reduce your chances of contracting several mosquito-borne illnesses, such as: Zika, encephalitis, yellow fever, malaria, West Nile virus, or dengue. It is estimated that up to 2 million people may die each year from mosquito-borne illnesses, malaria being the most common mosquito-borne illness.

5 Preventative Mosquito Tips:

  1. For personal protection, use a product that contains DEET. According to the CDC, other products that act as a repellant include: picaridin, IR3535, oil of lemon eucalyptus and para-menthane-diol products. They also caution to read and follow all label instructions.
  2. Since mosquito’s can bite through thin clothing, consider spaying your clothes as well, but don’t spray your skin under clothing that has been sprayed with a repellent.
  3. If possible, avoid being outside during peak mosquito biting hours, which is basically from dusk to dawn.
  4. Check your home and make sure all screens are free of holes and fit tightly in their frames.
  5. It is also a great idea to treat the areas around your house, such as your landscape plants, mulch beds and areas under decks.

Although spraying your property will not eliminate all the mosquito’s in your outdoor environment, it will greatly reduce the chances of you, your family, guests and family pets from getting bit. There are over 3,500 species of mosquito’s in the world and close to 200 species found in the United States.

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Spring-Green offers Mosquito Protection Service to its customers to help keep the mosquito’s away. Contact an office nearest you to schedule this important service. Don’t let mosquito’s spoil your summer.

How to Reduce Mosquito Bites With 5 Simple Steps

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Zika Virus, Dengue Fever, Chikungunya Virus, West Nile Virus, Yellow Fever and Malaria. These are major diseases that are often discussed as it relates to a person who may contract something as the result of a mosquito bite. Some of these diseases make headlines almost every night, like the Zika Virus, while others are rarely discussed. It seems like we should be afraid to venture outdoors for fear of getting one of these diseases.

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No one really likes to get stung by a mosquito, especially if there is a remote possibility of coming down with a serious disease.  According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, you can take steps to reduce the possibility of being bit by a mosquito.

These steps include:

  1. Wear long-sleeved shirts and long pants.
  2. Stay indoors where it is air conditioned to keep the mosquitos out.
  3. If you enjoy sleeping with the windows open, be sure your screens are free from holes or tears that could let mosquitos inside.
  4. Sleep under a mosquito net to prevent being bit while sleeping. If you enjoy camping, use a mosquito net while sleeping.
  5. Use insect repellants that are registered by the EPA. When used as directed, these products are proven to be safe and effective, even for pregnant or nursing mothers. As is the case with any pest control product, be sure to read and follow all label directions. Reapply these products as directed.

If you are trying to protect an infant or baby, follow these recommendations:

  1. Do not use insect repellent on babies younger than 2 months of age.  When protecting older children, spray insect repellant onto your hands and rub it on their face.
  2. Just as you would have an older child or adult, dress in clothes that cover arms and legs.
  3. Use mosquito netting over the crib, stroller and car carrier.

Another step you can take to prevent mosquito bites is to treat your landscape during the months when insects are most active in your area. There are numerous products available at home improvement centers and hardware stores, but many people prefer to hire a professional company to spray for mosquito’s. Spring-Green offers this service at many of its locations. Contact your local office to inquire about Spring-Green’s Mosquito Protection Service.

Bill Gates Talks About the Deadliest Animal in the World

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Every year Shark Week raises awareness for the most feared creature of the sea, but fewer than a dozen people a year actually die from shark attacks. Surprisingly enough, the animal that kills more than 725,000 people a year is the mosquito. This is why philanthropist and Microsoft founder Bill Gates is calling attention to the deadly insect by naming this week Mosquito Week on his blog.

Despite their tiny size, mosquitoes carry devastating diseases including dengue fever, yellow fever, encephalitis and malaria to name a few. They can be found on every region in the world except Antarctica and in their peak breeding seasons, they outnumber every other animal on Earth, except termites and ants.

Although you can’t control mosquitoes in most areas, you can restrict them from bothering you at home. With a higher number of mosquitoes around in the spring and summer months due to rain, Spring-Green’s mosquito protection services create a barrier around your home to control their activity. This service allows for more fun outdoors without being bothered by the pesky insects.

Areas like rain gutters, tree holes, old buckets or birdbaths with stagnant water are breeding sites for mosquitoes so make sure these areas are looked over and cleaned out. If you’re unsure about how to take care of the mosquito issues around your home, contact a Spring-Green professional near you to make your yard a mosquito free zone!

Keep Those Pesky Mosquitoes Away

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Most everyone enjoys being outdoors in the summer time. It is the time of year for picnics, gardening, swimming and the like. Summer is also time for mosquitoes. They seem to be worse in the early morning and at dusk. Mosquitoes can make an enjoyable activity a disaster when they arise from the lawn and landscape to feed on people and animals.

What can you do about it besides swatting them after they have already bitten you? You can spray yourself with one of a myriad of repellants that will keep them off of you until it either wears off or the mosquito finds that one spot that you forgot to spray. Or, you can take a more long-lasting approach to mosquito control and take advantage of Spring-Green’s yard services . I take care of mosquitoes in my yard by applying a specialized product that keeps them at bay for up to a month.

I follow the same program that Spring-Green uses for their Mosquito Control Program . They apply a controlled-release product that delivers a lethal dose of insect control when a mosquito lands or moves across the spray droplet. That way, I don’t have to worry about finding the can of mosquito repellant each time I go outside. I can sit on my patio all evening throughout the summer without worrying about being bitten by mosquitoes.