Now that the weather is beginning to cool down, many Massachusetts residents are starting to worry less and less about insect born diseases from ticks and mosquitoes. The vigilance that occupied their days in the spring and summer is dwindling. But cool fall weather means many will once again be spending more time outdoors, especially during the evening hours when mosquitoes are most active. Now, more than ever, it pays to be aware of MA mosquito control issues.
When Can I Stop Worrying About Mosquitoes
Mosquitoes are cold-blooded, and they prefer temperatures of 80 degrees or higher. But they do not go into hibernation or die off until the temperatures are consistently below 50 degrees. Once the first frost hits, you can generally stop worrying about mosquitoes for the year. However, if there is a sudden warm spell after the first frost, the species of mosquito that hibernate may decide to come out for a snack. Thus, it is vital to remain aware, even in the cold months of winter.
Mosquitoes have been found with Eastern Equine Encephalitis (EEE) and West Nile Virus (WNV) in Massachusetts recently. As of the time of this post, there are at least four confirmed cases of humans becoming ill from EEE. These are the first cases of the virus in the state since 2013.
The time for mosquitoes is nearing its end, but that doesn’t mean the season is over yet. It is still essential to protect yourself from mosquito bites.
You can protect yourself by using insect repellent when you go outside, tucking your pants into your socks, and wearing light clothing. While the cooler fall evenings may call for evenings around a fire, please be aware that dusk is prime time for mosquitoes and protect yourselves accordingly.
Should I Be Doing Anything Now to Prevent Mosquitoes Next Year?
People rarely think about mosquito prevention in the fall and winter, because the pests are out of sight and out of mind. If you want to reduce the number of pests that are on your property next year, however, there are many things you can do in the fall and winter to help.
The key things you want to look out for are places where mosquitoes can enter your home, places where they will breed, and places where they can hibernate. Spend some time this fall and winter repairing cracks in your walls and holes in your screens to keep mosquitoes from entering your home. Look out for places where water pools. This could be an old flowerpot that you forgot to put away or low-lying areas in your yard that fill with water. Pools of water provide attractive places for mosquitoes to lay their eggs. Also, look for old stumps and logs that mosquitoes might use for hibernation spots and fill or remove them.
Mosquito season isn’t over yet, and it’s essential to remain vigilant. Are you interested in learning more about the MA mosquito control options provided by AllGreen? Whether you want to do a final treatment to get you through the end of the season, or schedule treatment for next year, we can help! Visit our website for more information, or please call our experts in West Roxbury (617) 327-5555 or in Norwood (781) 762-7080.