Do Mosquitoes Die During The Winter?
One of the best things about winter in the Southeast is that mosquitoes are typically not a nuisance. As the temperatures dip down below freezing during the colder months, mosquitoes go into hibernation. They do not die, but instead go dormant. Moreover, they wait around for temperatures to rise above 70 degrees much like Tennessee’s spring weather.
Even though their lifespan is typically only 2 weeks to 6 months at most, mosquitoes can wreak a lot of havoc in their tiny bit of time on earth. They’re known for their itchy bites and for ruining BBQs and other outdoor summer festivities. Over the years, they have even been known to spread certain deadly diseases from country to country like the Zika virus a few years back.
According to National Geographic,
Mosquito-borne diseases cause millions of deaths worldwide every year with a disproportionate effect on children and the elderly in developing countries.
What Attracts Them To Humans?
We as humans often feel like the only victims of mosquitoes as we count every single bite that appears as an itchy welp on our bodies. However, mosquitoes actually prefer other animals over humans and bite them more often. They love carbon dioxide! Mosquitoes also hone in on certain body odors and movements when searching for their next meal. They love sugary beverages such as soda, and they can smell sweat from a long distance away. If that combination doesn’t sound like your next backyard BBQ, what does?
Do All Mosquitoes Bite?
The short answer is, no. Male mosquitoes prefer nectar and honey from plants. Moreover, only female mosquitoes have the ability to suck your blood. And no, they don’t actually have teeth. When biting with their proboscis, they stab two tubes into your skin: one to inject an enzyme that inhibits blood clotting; the other to pull the blood into their tiny bodies. They can drink up to 3X their body weight per feeding! Yikes!
When Do Mosquitoes Return?
What Can You Do To Prevent Them?