Mosquitoes and Cold Weather

People think that when weather turns cold below 30 degrees for an extended period of time that reduces insect populations. This past year and months has seen weather that has been up and down. On the same day, it would be in high 70s but range between low 40s and high 50s. Creatures would come out during the warmer periods to be faced with a sudden cold snap. Many days like that have come about this past year. At the same time, we seem to have had some extended cold days you’d think would upset the normal cycles for those creatures humans find less appealing. I am referring to mosquitoes, roaches, and other creatures that are sometimes too close for comfort.

No less terrifying event during the late spring and summer than trying to sleep in a room that has somehow become occupied with 10 or more mosquitoes. They will bite you one at a time over and over again and you will hard pressed to get any sleep. Even the most passive among us who normally avoid warfare with little creatures find ourselves in a bind. The challenge grows once you encounter the more intelligent among mosquitoes breeds. I am convinced smart mosquitoes exist and they are clever in matters of when lights are on and lights are off, knowing when to strike and when to take cover. Anyway, the hope for this year was that such occasions would pass us by.

Neither snow or ice does not curtail the onset of mosquitos when warmer temperatures climb into the 80s. Populations of mosquitoes can and do survive even the bitterest cold weather. Where they go or how they hibernate or shield larvae eggs from the cold is something I have not researched, but they do survive and return in as abundant numbers as before the larger waves of cold in the latter and earlier parts of the year. Cold weather is a temporary respite from creatures that like human dwellings a bit too much, but the relief is appreciated all the same.


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