When is Mosquito Season?
By: Nikki Underwood
Can you name one person who loves mosquitoes? We’re drawing a blank too! While we know that each and every little thing on this amazing planet is valuable and serves a purpose, it’s hard to find that when it comes to these little critters. To the average Joe and Jane, mosquitoes are simply a nuisance to be avoided. So, you may be wondering, when is mosquito season, anyway? Do they ever really go away? Well, my friend, the answer to that burning question changes depending on where you live. Allow me to break it down for you so that you will be prepared and know when to stock up on repellents like Stay Away® Mosquitoes.
Mosquitoes tend to thrive in 70+ degree weather. However, unless the temp drops below 50 for an extended period, they are most likely still out and about lurking in the shadows. What does that mean? It means that mosquitoes plague most Americans for the majority of the year. If you live in the warmer, southern regions, you know exactly what I’m talking about. So, let’s break it down by region to give a clear view of when these little pests are out.
Mosquito Season By Region:
- Northeast Region – You guys have it made! Okay, maybe not made, but your season is the shortest in the country. Don’t get too comfortable though! Your warm summers bring the mosquitoes out in full force. There is no shortage once they move in. The Northeastern mosquito season begins mid-April to early-May and ends mid to late- October.
- Southeast Region – Well, my friends, this comes as no surprise that you all have some of the harsher seasons when it comes to mosquitoes. The south is hot, humid, and typically experiences mild winters, unless you live in the uppermost segment of the region like Virginia. According to pests.org, being the warmest and wettest section of the country, the south allows the perfect conditions for mosquito breeding. The Southeastern mosquito season begins as early as February and doesn’t end until November. Unfortunately, your relief is only an average of two months out of the year. Any Floridian knows that there is little relief at all. It is not unlikely to find mosquitoes breeding all year long in Florida.
- Midwest Region – This may be one of the most interesting sections in the country climate-wise. While this area experiences brutal winters, their summers are hot and muggy! By this point, we know that hot and humid = mosquitoes. The Midwestern mosquito season begins between April and May and ends in October. Surprisingly, the Midwest tends to report more mosquito-borne diseases, like West Nile Virus, than any other part of the country. Want to learn more about prevention? Check out these tips.
- Southwest Region – Similarly to the Southeast, this region has a relatively long season. Although some of the states have desert-like conditions, they are not exempt from the bloodthirsty mosquito. Remember, these bugs only need a tiny bit of water to thrive! The Arizona Department of Health Services suggests that you check for collected water every week during the season. When is the season exactly? The Southwestern mosquito season begins between February and April and doesn’t end until around November.
- Northwest Region – Finally, we wrap up the continental US with this region. Mosquito season here pretty much mirrors the Northeast region. You all are fortunate to have a “short” – and I use that term lightly – season. Thankfully, the rainy season doesn’t directly align with mosquito season, or this would be one of the worst places for these pests. Whew! Expect to see the bloodsuckers beginning mid-April and ending early-October.
- Hawaii and Alaska – These two states are polar opposites. It comes as no surprise that Alaska rarely has a mosquito problem. However, they do have the type of mosquito called northern house mosquitoes. Alaska experiences mosquito season between June and August. Lucky dogs! Do we want to trade mosquitoes for a beautiful state with intense, snowy winters? That’s still to be determined. Hawaii, on the other hand, is most similar to south Florida. When you think of this state, you imagine warm, sunny weather, lush greenery, and breathtaking beaches. Because of that, Hawaii has the right conditions for mosquitoes year-round.
Protect Yourself During Mosquito Season
Now that you know when to expect those little biting insects, you may be wondering what time of the day they are most likely to attack. Experts say it depends on what type of mosquito it is. Some of them are most active during the day, while others are most aggressive at night. The general consensus is that you are most vulnerable around dusk. The reason being, there’s still some daylight, yet darkness is approaching. That means that you are exposed to the different species in your area, regardless of their meal-time preference. If you feel like a magnet, no matter the time, find out why here.
As you can see, no matter where you live, there is always the threat of being preyed upon by those pesky creatures. Be sure to protect yourself and home to ward off those disease-carrying insects. Check with your state’s health services office to stay up on current trends and forecasts for the season. If you are looking for an effective solution such as bug repellent, check out Stay Away® Mosquitoes and make yourself invisible to pests.
Share this information with friends and family before they suffer through another itchy mosquito season. Leave us a comment with your best tips and tricks to prevent mosquitoes. Love life, live kind!
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