Surely you have already noticed that every year, mosquitoes reappear in early spring and come to bother us until the end of summer and sometimes even until the beginning of autumn and disappear once winter comes.
What do mosquitoes do in the winter?
It might be tempting to think that mosquitoes take a warm vacation by migrating to other countries, but the answer is much less exotic: they simply hibernate. Most of the time, this is done when the mosquito is still a larva and when temperatures fall below 59°F; it is then said that mosquito larvae enter diapause.
How do they not starve?
First of all, it should be remembered that only female mosquitoes bite, and for one good reason: they need blood to lay eggs. Indeed, most adult mosquitoes feed on pollen.
When average daily temperatures begin to rise between 59 and 68°F, mosquito larvae that were previously in hibernation wake up and hatch. Knowing that an adult female mosquito can lay eggs just 48 hours after a meal, we can easily understand why hundred more will soon be buzzing around.
The peak of the mosquito varies from one year to the next, nevertheless the shape of the mosquito season is foreseeable. Check out the shape of the mosquito season here.