Many look forward to the final days of summer BUT dread the Oklahoma Winter, I have raised my children to always look for the mixed blessing in any situation and so; we can here as well. While we have the cold we can bid adieu to mosquitoes and the threat of virus.
However, it’s a common misconception that mosquitoes simply die upon winter's arrival. Over the next few days I will blog over mosquitoes, viruses, prevention etc. Read on to learn more about seasonal mosquito activity and how you can prevent a future mosquito problem from hatching come spring. A pest control program in your outside structural environment is a must throughout the year.
How a mosquito survives the winter can differ by species. As temperatures begin to drop, adult females responsible for Zika Virus deposit their final batch of eggs in water-holding items containing as little as a half an inch of water. While other species deposit in the dirt. Newly deposited eggs enter a state of diapause, a process that suspends their development during the coldest months. Females can lie up to 300 eggs during this time. While the mosquito responsible for Zika dies after laying eggs other adult female hide from the elements where they enter a period of dormancy until the weather warms up. Male mosquitoes die as the weather turns cold.
Some Advice On Protection. When Is It Safe To Go Outside?
By being aware of peak exposure times and places we can reduce mosquito bites by modifying patterns of activity or behavior. Mosquitoes carrying some diseases such as Dengue and Chikungunya are active during daylight hours. While Dengue fever is generally found in African Southeast Asia, Western Pacific regions, Eastern Mediterranean, Latin America and the Caribbean. Dengue recently has also been reported in the Florida Keys and parts of Southern Florida.
Mosquitoes that carry the West Nile Virus and Zika Virus are prone to be more active throughout the day (Dawn thru Dusk) and are most active at midday hours. Mosquitoes carrying Malaria are most active during Twilight.
Our next blog will be on preventive care. Have a great day and may you be successful in all that you set your hand to task to complete!
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