September 8, 2022

When Are Mosquitoes Most Active? Mosquito Behavior & Seasonality

Mosquitoes are a common sight during the summer months when they become especially active. In this blog post, we will explore the behavior and seasonality of North American mosquitoes, and provide tips on how to prepare for their arrival. Mosquitoes can be a nuisance, but with a few simple preparations, you can keep them at bay!

If you're dealing with a serious mosquito problem in your home this summer, reach out to the fine professionals at Zunex Pest Control. We're well equipped to deal with mosquitos and any other common pest in the greater Puget Sound. Contact us today for a free quote!

What time of day are mosquitos most active?

Mosquitoes are most active at dawn and dusk when they come out to feed and find new mates. However, they can also be active during the daytime, especially if it's overcast or humid. If you're going to be outside during these times, it's important to take precautions to avoid being bitten.

One thing you can do if you have to go outside during peak mosquito hours is to wear long sleeves and pants. This will help to keep them from getting to your skin, although this is easier said than done in the hot summer months. If you're going to be in an area with a lot of mosquitoes, you might also want to consider using mosquito repellent (or not going to the area).

Keep in mind, that the exact times of day that mosquitos are active vary depending on the time of year, the humidity, the temperature, and the vegetation available in the area. In general, though, they are most active when it's warm and humid.

What time of year are mosquitos most active?

Mosquitoes are most active during the summer months when the weather is warm and humid. However, they can also be a problem in the spring and fall when the temperature is milder. If you live in an area with a lot of mosquito activity, like near a body of standing water like a park lake or pond, it's important to be prepared year-round.

In particularly wet springs, mosquitos can be found active an hour or so after rainfall, as that is when most of its victims are idle undercover and the mosquito's hiding place may be unsafe from the rain. Mosquitos can be active during the day during overcast weather.  

During the day, mosquitos are typically resting in humid, dark places, or feed on nectar in densely wooded areas. Did you know that mosquitos don't eat blood as their primary source of nutrition? They mostly feed on nectar, only sucking blood to gather the protein and iron necessary to create eggs.

What can I do to prepare for mosquito season?

Here are some things that you can do to prepare for mosquito season:

  • Install mosquito netting over doors and windows to keep them out of your home.
  • Install or repair screens on doors and windows to keep mosquitos and other pests away.
  • Stock up on repellents, and experiment with different kinds. Be sure to always have a non-expired bottle of repellent in your home each summer.
  • Eliminate standing water around your property where mosquitoes can lay their eggs.
  • When outdoors, apply mosquito repellent and prepare breathable, long outdoor shirts and pants to keep your skin safe.

What can I do to keep mosquitoes away when they're active?

There are a few things you can do to keep mosquitoes away when they're active at dawn or dusk:  

  • Use mosquito repellent when you're outdoors, and reapply it according to the manufacturer's instructions. Be sure to check the expiration date!
  • Stay indoors during dawn and dusk when mosquitoes are most active.
  • If you must be outdoors during these times, wear long sleeves and pants to protect your skin.
  • Avoid being near standing water where mosquitoes can breed. If you have standing water near your home, take some time to clean up any muck that could be a breeding ground for bugs.
  • Try wearing a sonic repellant device to scare them off. While they aren't as effective as sprays, every little bit counts!

If you have any questions about mosquito control, reach out to the experts at Zunex Pest Control. We're here to help you enjoy a pest-free summer! Contact us today for a free quote.

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