Can Bed Bugs Survive in the Cold?

When homeowners learn that their house is infested with a pest as pervasive and invasive as bed bugs, they immediately start to think of ways to get rid of them. Of course, one of the best ways to do this is to determine what bed bugs like, and then apply the opposite treatment. Bed bugs, it is known, like warm bodies that they can feed off of. Although the bodies may not be able to be removed from the home, is it possible to remove the warmth? Many people will take bedding and other moveable items they believe are infested and place them in the freezer. So, can bed bugs survive the cold?

Optimal Temperature for Bed Bugs

Bed bugs often burrow themselves into small, warm places such as into the nooks and crannies of beds, couches, and other cozy places. They do this for many reasons. The first is that they are not easily found in these areas and so, they can continue to increase their population and come out only when it is time to feed. The second reason they like these places is because they are warm, usually about 70 to 80 degrees Fahrenheit, which is the ideal temperature for bed bugs.

Cold Temperatures and Bed Bugs

Although bed bugs prefer temperatures that are fairly mild, they can survive cold temperatures for an extended period of time. To kill bed bugs below the freezing point, they usually must be exposed to the cold temperatures for approximately four days. An article in Yale University School of Public Health states that female bed bugs can better withstand cold temperatures than their male counterparts. 

Females will freeze at temperatures between -4 degrees Fahrenheit and -20 degrees Celsius. Female bed bugs will not die at this stage, but instead, freeze. Their egg production will also greatly slow down at any temperature under 50 degrees Fahrenheit, as well. This could mean that even though freezing temperatures will not kill bed bugs right away, they may prevent an infestation from quickly becoming worse.

To treat bed bugs with cold treatments, they must be exposed to below freezing temperatures of at least -30 degrees Celsius, which is -22 degrees Fahrenheit. Bed bugs must be exposed to these temperatures for a period of three or four days in order for this cold to affect them. Most home freezers do not reach these temperatures and so, when placing bedding and other materials inside of them to kill bed bugs, the length of time these items are left in the freezer will need to be extended.

Bed Bugs and Hibernation

Like all insects, people tend to wonder if bed bugs hibernate in the winter and then show up again in the spring. These pests do not hibernate the same way bears do. Instead, they freeze their body liquid and enter a dormant state known as diapause. This is partial hibernation. Going into this state allows bed bugs to remain dormant and go without food for several months. Bed bugs typically enter this state at temperatures of approximately 61 degrees Fahrenheit. They will remain in this state until temperatures improve and allow them to function normally again. However, even in this state, being exposed to extreme cold is enough to kill bed bugs.

Bed Bugs and Winter Colors

Flannel is big in Missouri during the winter months and it turns out that bed bugs are not only attracted to cozy surroundings, they are also attracted to cozy colors. Flannel is primarily made up of red and black colors, two hues that bed bugs happen to love. Flannel is used not only in clothing, but also in blankets, bedding, and home decor. No one really knows why bed bugs are attracted to flannel, although it is thought that they allow bed bugs to hide better.

Contact Our Missouri Pest Control Specialists for Help With Your Bed Bugs

Bed bugs do not have a season in Missouri. Although they thrive in warm temperatures, they can survive extremely cold temperatures, if only for a short period of time. Due to the fact that bed bugs are so hearty, and so resistant to different temperatures, it is best to call a St. Charles pest control specialist when you have an infestation. At Amco Ranger, we know the bed bug remedies that can eradicate your infestation and keep it out for a long time. Call us today at (636) 223-5703 to schedule a free inspection and to learn more about our bed bug control methods.

What do Baby Bed Bugs Look Like?

Baby bed bugs are known as nymphs and if you see them, it means there is a very good chance that you have an infestation. Nymphs indicate that there is an infestation with females laying eggs. It also means that all of the adult bed bugs are feeding on human hosts, which is an annoyance and can make going to bed a little less comfortable. Due to this, it is crucial that all homeowners know how to identify nymphs that can indicate a much bigger problem.

The Appearance of Baby Bed Bugs

Nymphs are typically quite flat and no larger than a grain of rice. They are white and their shell is very soft, which makes them easy for homeowners to kill simply by pressing on them. Many people believe that baby bed bugs, or nymphs, are so small that they cannot be seen by the naked eye, but that is not true. However, because they are so small in appearance, they can be difficult to spot. Nymphs do not go through a metamorphosis like other insects and so, they look very similar to adult bed bugs. 

All bed bugs are flat, but there is an exception when they feed. After they eat, their abdomens expand because of the food they have just consumed. This, however, is not visible with the naked eye and requires a microscope to observe. As such, it is not a viable method of distinguishing nymphs from adult bed bugs.

The Size of Baby Bed Bugs

Although the term ‘nymphs’ refers to baby bed bugs that have just been born, all bed bugs go through five juvenile stages before they are adults. During the first two of these stages, baby bed bugs are considerably smaller than adults. Still, even during these stages, bed bugs will become bigger with each stage. They will be larger in the second stage than they were the first, and larger still in the third stage than they were in their second. During the third stage, a bed bug will be approximately half of the size it will be as an adult.

The Color of Baby Bed Bugs

When bed bugs first hatch, they are entirely white or off-white in color. Bed bug eggs are the same color, which is why some people confuse the two. Bed bug nymphs will remain this color until they begin to feed. 

After a bed bug feeds for the first time, it will have a round red spot in its abdomen. This is where they store the blood after they feed. Once they have digested this food, they will shed their skin and grow bigger. As nymphs begin to digest and grow, they will start to turn from white to brown. This is caused by the bed bugs using the nutrients from the blood that they eat from their host. As the bed bug babies grow into an adult bed bug, they will start to get browner and browner.

Adults are brown throughout their entire body. This is a result of feeding on a host on a regular basis. Once brown, bed bugs never return to their white color again.

Do Nymphs Crawl?

Anyone that has a bed bug infestation in their home may have seen them crawling around at some point. There is a good chance that when this happens, people are seeing adult bed bugs. 

Bed bugs in general, no matter their age, do not crawl very quickly. The first reason for this is that they simply do not need to crawl fast. Their main method of survival is to hide rather than run away. Bed bugs also do not have very long legs. Rather, they are quite short and stubby. As a result, bed bugs are unable to run very quickly. Bed bugs also rarely travel at full speed. They reserve this only for when they sense danger but even then, they cannot move very quickly. 

Baby bed bugs are even slower than adult bed bugs. Although they can crawl, they do not do so very often. Instead, they prefer to remain hidden rather than attempt to run away from a threat. They come out mainly at night, also to avoid running into any threats. 

Contact Our Missouri Bed Bug Specialists for Help with Your Infestation

It is important to be able to identify bed bugs during all stages of their life. This is the only way to determine if you have an infestation. If you believe your home is infested with bed bugs, call our St. Louis bed bug specialists at Amco Ranger. We will conduct a free inspection to determine the severity of the infestation and advise on the methods we use to get rid of it. Call us today at (636) 223-4804 and say good-bye to bed bugs tomorrow.

Benefits of Pest Control Insulation

Whether you are replacing old insulation or insulating a brand new home, insect controlling insulation will allow you to save money on energy bills while protecting your home from insect infestations.

 

How does it work?

InCide® Pest Control Insulation is infused with an extremely effective pesticide – sodium polyborate. This ingredient prevents insect infestations by killing them on contact or when they ingest minute amounts of the insulation. Additional benefits include the following:

 

Save money
Because traditional fiberglass insulation tends to deteriorate over time, it can leave gaps for cold or hot air to sneak into your home, which leads to energy waste. Adding pest control insulation to your attic, crawlspace or other areas of your home can help you prevent this from happening, which saves you money.

 

Keeps your family safe
Though deadly to pests, our pest control insulation is safe for your family and pets. Also, there are no irritating side effects related to the insulation or inhalation of this EPA registered product.

 

Protects against mold

If left to grow, mold can cause serious health issues, such as nasal stuffiness, coughing or wheezing, throat irritation, eye irritation, and in some cases skin irritation. Pest control insulation helps inhibit the growth of mold.

 

Fire resistant

Pest control insulation also contains a fire retardant that makes homes safer in the event of a fire. The fire retardant will not hold a flame and ultimately limits the spread of fire.

 

We can help
No matter how intimidating or pervasive your pest problem, you can trust that Amco Ranger knows exactly how to handle it and make sure the pests don’t return. We are a local, family-owned business, and we’re ready to help you. Give us a call today if you need help getting rid of bugs in your attic in Lake St. Louis, Wentzville, O’Fallon, Cottleville, St. Peters, St. Charles, St. Louis, and surrounding communities.

 

How to Keep Mice Out of Your Home This Winter

The weather outside is getting colder and as it does, it drives people into the warmth of their home. It’s not only people that look to head inside at this time of year, however. Mice are also looking to escape the cold and find a warm place to wait out the winter months. Your home is the perfect place for them to do it. No one wants to open their doors to mice though. Luckily, there are ways you can protect your home and make sure mice stay outdoors where they belong.

Block Off Points of Entry

Of course, the best thing you can do to keep mice out of your home is to not let them enter in the first place. Mice can fit through any space that’s the width of a pen, so it really doesn’t take much. Inspect the outside of your home and seal off any cracks in the foundation or in the walls with wire mesh. If you find gaps around the areas where pipes enter your home, fill them with caulk and place mesh around them.

Keep All Areas Free of Food

Mice don’t only like warm spaces, they prefer warm spaces that have a plentiful food supply. Cutting off this food supply is a good way to deter mice from entering your home. Don’t leave food lying around and always keep counters, appliances, and fridges clear of crumbs and loose food at all times. Always keep food in containers that close tightly and clean up food that falls on the floor promptly. Also remember to keep pet food sealed, as well. This is something that many people overlook, but it’s just as attractive to mice as food meant for people. 

Store Firewood Off the Ground

Firewood and the winter season seem to go hand in hand. There is after all, nothing better than curling up by the fire in the colder months. However, mice love wood chips and lumber because it provides them with great hiding spots and a structure to support their bedding. Firewood should never be stored right up against the walls of your home, and it should always be elevated at least 18 inches from the ground.

Use a Brush Strip on All Doors

The gap between a door and the floor can be significant sometimes, particularly in older homes. There are brush strips, sometimes also called sweep strips, that have adhesive backs and can simply be placed on the bottom of the door. This blocks those gaps so mice can’t get inside. You’ll also get the additional bonus of lower utility bills, as these strips will also help keep more heat inside your home.

Clear the Clutter

Clutter also provides a place for mice to hide, so clearing it is a great way to get mice out of your home. Clutter often collects in areas of the home that aren’t frequently used, such as in the attic and basement. When this is the case and mice make these places their home, they can quickly multiply and soon, there is an infestation throughout the entire house. Don’t leave laundry on the floors, store boxes off the ground, and tidy up stacks of newspapers and other junk. Mice also love cardboard boxes that are stacked right next to each other, so use plastic containers when possible.

Maintain Landscaping

Remember that mice and other pests come from outside. Mice love climbing and will run quickly up trees, onto your roof, and into your siding or any other warm spot they can find. To prevent them from doing so, make sure that any branches or overhang from trees is trimmed so mice cannot jump from the branch onto your home. Before it gets too cold, it’s also important to trim the grass and remove excess vegetation. These are great places for mice to hide and removing them will make the area less attractive to rodents. 

Did Mice Get Into Your Home? Call Our Missouri Pest Control Service!

If you’ve seen mice in your home, there’s a good chance you are already dealing with an infestation and must take action quickly. At Amco Ranger, we are the St. Charles pest control service that knows how to get mice out of your home and can help you keep them out for a long time to come. Call us today at (636) 441-2847 to schedule an inspection and we’ll come out to your home and tell you how we can help.

Preparing Your Home for Winter Pests

The weather is getting colder in Missouri. As you start unpacking winter jackets and boots after storing them all winter, you should also start thinking about how to winterize your home to protect it from pests. Mice are often the first winter pest homeowners think of, but raccoons, spiders, and cockroaches will all also look for warm places to stay once the weather gets colder. To make sure the spot they find isn’t your home, follow the below tips.

Inspect the Exterior of Your Home

Pests of course, move into your home from outside. Due to this, the first place you should focus on when preparing your home for winter pests is outside. Search the perimeter of your house looking for any holes, gaps, or cracks that make a great entryway for pests. If you do find a hole or gap, use a sealant or caulk that will prevent them from getting inside. The foundation of a home very commonly develops cracks, and holes are often found around pipes in the areas where they enter the home.

Prepare Your Chimney

Raccoons in Missouri are a problem. Not only do they pick through garbage and carry diseases, but they are also incredibly skilled at making their way into a home. They can rip away siding from a home, and they really love to enter homes through open chimneys. Other animals, such as squirrels, mice, and rats can also enter your home through the chimney. To prevent this from happening, place a cap on the top of your chimney, or cover it with a screen.

Clean Your Gutters

While still working on the outside of your home, it’s also important to clean your gutters. The moisture in clogged gutters provides a great breeding ground for many pests, such as ants and mosquitoes, while the leaves and other debris offer a warm hiding spot for larger pests such as mice and squirrels. Cleaning the gutters will deter pests from setting up camp on your property, and help keep them out of your home.

Remove All Moisture

Just like humans, pests need moisture, too. Pools of water, even a very small one, can attract pests because it gives them the sustenance they need. To prevent moisture from coming indoors, which can attract other pests such as cockroaches, insulate your plumbing with heat tape to your pipes don’t freeze. This can also prevent significant damage to your home.

Put All Food Away

Like water, pests also need food, just as humans do. To prevent them from hanging around your home, put all food away. Make sure that any food inside the home is in a sealed container and is stored properly. Always keep counters clear of all food and sweep regularly to pick up crumbs that inevitably fall to the ground. Outside, keep all garbage and recycling items in animal-proof containers or in a garage where pests cannot get to them.

Store Firewood Away from Your Home

There is a proper way to store firewood, and it involves more than simply stacking it up outside of your door. It’s important to cover it with a tarp so that the water doesn’t collect and attract more pests to your property. Also, it must be stored at least 20 feet away from the home. Pests love to hide in these stacks because they offer some warmth and a solid structure for their nest. While you may not be able to completely prevent critters from getting into your wood pile, you can make it harder for those same pests to make their way into your home.

Remove Clutter

Many pests such as mice, stink bugs, spiders, and more, love hiding out in clutter. Things like piles of old newspapers, stacks of cardboard boxes, and junk in general make great hiding spots and many pests will also use these materials to build their nests. Removing them is a great preventative measure to control pests and to keep them out of your home. When clearing clutter, remember to clear it both inside and outside of your home. 

Contact a Missouri Pest Control Service

Many people wait to call a St. Louis pest control service until they’ve seen pests in their home. However, at Amco Ranger, we not only help remove pests from your house, but can also help prevent them from entering in the first place. When you need to protect your home, call us at (636) 441-2847 to schedule your free inspection.

Avoid Getting Bit By A Brown Recluse Spider

It’s the time of year when people pull their cold-weather clothes, blankets, hunting gear, and holiday decorations out of storage. When you do this, be extremely watchful for brown recluse spiders. Their venomous bite can make a person quite sick and cause necrosis (skin cell death) at the bite location. A good indication you’re dealing with a brown recluse is the violin-shaped marking on its head.

 

Most bites occur when the brown recluse becomes pressed up against the skin, like rolling onto one in your bed or putting on a sweater, boots, or gloves that haven’t been worn in months. Pest control of brown recluse spiders is very important.

 

Precaution

In an infested home, you can reduce the chance of being bitten by shaking out shoes and clothing before putting them on, keeping bed sheets from touching the floor, and hanging clothes in closets rather than leaving them on the floor. You might also wear protective gloves when cleaning cluttered areas to guard against being bitten.

 

Elimination

Eliminating brown recluse spiders from your home may be difficult, but it is possible using an integrated approach that emphasizes eliminating the spider’s habitat. There are several protective actions you can take to control brown recluse spiders:

 

  • Begin by removing clutter, especially in low-traffic areas such as basements, attics, closets, and storage areas.
  • Frequent cleaning, using a vacuum wand to reach between boxes and other tight spaces, will help eliminate spiders, egg sacs, and potential food sources before spiders emerge and reproduce.
  • Store seasonal clothing and shoes in tightly sealed plastic storage containers and avoid placing them close together or against walls.
  • Knock down all the spider webs you encounter, focusing on the outside of your home.
  • Seal both interior and exterior cracks and crevices to prevent spiders and their insect prey from moving into your house.
  • Sticky traps or glue boards can be used to capture brown recluse spiders. Place traps around the house in areas where spiders are likely to travel: under furniture, along walls, in attics, basements, and closets.

 

We can help
No matter how intimidating or pervasive your pest problem, you can trust that Amco Ranger knows exactly how to handle it and make sure the pests don’t return. We are a local, family-owned business, and we’re ready to help you. Give us a call today if you need help getting rid of brown recluse spiders in your home or business in Lake St. Louis, Wentzville, O’Fallon, Cottleville, St. Peters, St. Charles, St. Louis, and surrounding communities.

Why A Long-Term Pest Control Service Agreement Makes Sense

You can always wait until you’ve got termites in your basement, squirrels in your attic, or spiders in your bedroom before you call a pest control company. However, it might be best to consider signing up for a long-term agreement to get ahead of pest problems. Here are some reasons why a long-term pest control service agreement might work well for you.

Proactive service
Rather than responding to a pest management issue already in progress, a pest control company can inspect, identify, and remedy potential issues before they become real problems. For example, if you have standing water from rain on your property, you will soon be breeding mosquitos. Because they bite and carry diseases, you don’t want to wait until the larvae hatch. With a service visit, a pest control company can eliminate the source of a future infestation and save you the discomfort and worry.

Potential savings
You take your car in for regular service. It’s safer and less expensive to keep your vehicle in good working order than it is to deal with a breakdown. The same logic works for pest management. When a potential problem is identified and eliminated, you head off the more complex and difficult task of remediating an established infestation. If signs of termites are visible, a pest control company can address the problem before it spreads and becomes serious structural damage to your home.

Customized service
When you are a regular service customer, you have a history with the pest control company. There is a record of requested and completed services, and future services can be custom tailored to your needs. For example, if you’ve had trouble in the past with rodents in a crawl space, the pest control company can check access points to make sure rodent countermeasures are still in place. If your neighborhood is prone to high water in wet weather, a pest control company can look for signs of dampness near your foundation and notice changes since the last visit. Whatever the issue, service records can provide guidance for your current needs.

Faster, familiar service you can trust
When an emergency arises, your pest control company will already know you and your house. Likely, the technician who arrives at your house will be someone you’ve seen before. A long-term relationship of any kind is built on trust. Establishing a service agreement allows you to build trust in the company, its people, and its services. Trust means peace of mind for you.

We can help
No matter how intimidating or pervasive your pest problem, you can trust that Amco Ranger knows exactly how to handle it and make sure the pests don’t return. We are a local, family-owned business, and we’re ready to help you. Give us a call today if you need help getting rid of pests at your home or business in Lake St. Louis, Wentzville, O’Fallon, Cottleville, St. Peters, St. Charles, St. Louis, and surrounding communities.

Why You Need A Pest Inspection Before You Buy A House

Buying a home is exciting, but it’s easy to overlook key concerns during the process. Although inspecting the foundation and other structural features is common practice, you may not have considered the importance of a pest inspection. Many real estate agents suggest getting both a traditional home inspection and a pest inspection.

 

A pest inspection will help you avoid the additional cost and damage to property caused by pest infestations. If there are pests present, you can negotiate an overall pest infestation treatment of the property before closing on the house. Having peace of mind before you move in is worth the effort.

 

The inspection

A typical home inspection and pest inspection are quite different. A home inspection examines the roof, electrical outlets, furnace, and main structure of the house. For a pest inspection, careful attention is paid to the siding, eaves, trim, and wooden parts of the home. Any areas of moisture or rot are noted and examined. The pest inspection helps to ensure that the home isn’t being devoured by termites or playing host to other common pests or vermin.

 

Pests can do massive damage to a house over time, and it’s always best to catch them as early as possible. Even if pests are detected, that doesn’t mean that the situation is hopeless. It does indicate that corrective measures need to be taken before you move in. An experienced pest control company can eliminate termites and other pests.

 

Of course, pests can only be eliminated if you know they’re there. Spotting common pests such as termites is very difficult with the naked eye. Most household pests are tiny and hidden in spaces that are not easily accessible. These insects can cause severe damage to your potential new home.

 

The importance

Common household pests like cockroaches, rats, bed bugs, flies, and mosquitoes can cause severe health related problems. Other pests such as carpenter ants, termites, critters, and beetles tend to ravage expensive woodwork.

 

Termites, in particular, are commonly known as silent destroyers. In most cases, they’re not immediately obvious. Once they do become evident to a homeowner, it’s often too late to avoid serious harm to the structure of the home. Yes, wood can be replaced, but it’s generally quite costly to do so. Early detection could literally save you thousands of dollars.

 

There are many homeowners that might be more concerned about spiders, ants, or rodents. Although you probably don’t want to be roommates with such pests, they don’t typically cause anywhere near the physical damage that termites can. When it comes to the plywood, wooden frame, or flooring of your home, termites are far more destructive than any other pest. Unfortunately, termites are notoriously difficult to detect. It’s important to have a professional inspection performed by someone with the right experience and training.

 

We can help

You should always rely on an expert to complete a home inspection. The same is true with a pest inspection. You can trust that Amco Ranger will be thorough in checking for pests as well as checking for dry rot damage, mold, fungus, and damage caused by wood-eating insects. Give us a call today if you need a pest inspection before you buy a home in Lake St. Louis, Wentzville, O’Fallon, Cottleville, St. Peters, St. Charles, St. Louis, and surrounding communities.

Can Bed Bugs Fly?

Bed bugs may seem like a pest problem that occurs only in seedy motels, but the truth is that these insects can be found even in your own bed. Bed bug infestations are on the rise, partly due to increased travel and a lack of awareness.

Bed bugs can be annoying. They feed on hosts—humans— at night. You may not even know you have them until you wake up with bite marks. These bites can cause itchiness and rashes. You may not be able to sleep well with all these bugs attacking you at night.

Bed bugs hide in box springs, mattresses and furniture. If you have an infestation, it can seem as though these pests are everywhere. But how do they travel from place to place?

How Bed Bugs Move

It may seem as though bed bugs fly, since they can travel so quickly. The truth is, they don’t have wings, so they can’t fly. They don’t even jump. They get from place to place simply by crawling. They have the ability to crawl very quickly, thanks to their six legs.

Bed bugs can travel long distances. They can easily traverse hallways, heating ducts, and laundry or mail chutes. They have been known to travel through apartment buildings with ease.

Bed bugs had wings at one time—many years ago. However, they have evolved since then. It was determined that they no longer needed wings. If they flew around, there was the risk of them being seen and killed. Now, they hide, living secretly in your house.

Because they do not fly, they live close to you. They stay in your bedding during the day. They can also hide in cracks in walls and floors. They then come out at night to feed on you. Bed bugs do not like pets as their hosts, so you don’t have to worry about finding them on your dog or cat. 

Bed bugs can get from place to place quickly because they can be easily transported. They go wherever humans go, so you can find them in your car, on the school bus, in a taxi or on a plane.

Bed bugs can latch onto your clothes and jackets. They can hide in your child’s books. They can hide in luggage and purses, so you need to be especially careful when traveling. If you stay in a hotel with bed bugs, you can easily bring them home. Bed bugs can also travel in soft items, such as blankets and towels. Be careful when buying used furniture, since you may bring home bed bugs as well.

Even those who are disabled can’t get away from bed bugs. These pests can hide in wheelchairs, prosthetics and other medical devices. These bugs are so small—about the size of an apple seed—so finding them and eliminating them is no easy task.

Do I Have Bed Bugs?

Do you think you might have bed bugs? Here are some signs to look for:

  • You see bugs. Bed bugs are reddish-brown and the size of an apple seed. They are about the width of a credit card.
  • You see evidence. You may see blood stains on your sheets. There may be droppings on your bed or on the floor. They sometimes shed their skins, so you may see shells.
  • Bites on your skin. Bed bugs tend to attack the arms and shoulders. These bites are red and itchy and can be found in a line pattern.
  • Strong smell. Bed bugs release pheromones when in large numbers. They have a musty odor that smells like wet towels. 

Getting Rid of Bed Bugs

If you think you have bed bugs, you need to act quickly. They are hard to kill and can go one year without eating. Female bed bugs can lay eggs daily. Bed bugs tend to be resistant to over-the-counter chemicals, so killing them on your own can be impossible. 

A thorough inspection and treatment is needed to eliminate these pests for good. Bed bugs can come back, so regular maintenance may be needed. Contact a professional today so you can live and sleep in peace again.

Contact Amco Ranger Today

Bed bugs are annoying pests. While they can’t fly or even jump, they can still cause problems.

Don’t let bed bugs irritate your skin and ruin your sleep. Call Amco Ranger today and we can provide you with bed bug solutions in the Missouri area. Our professionals can help you get rid of bed bugs and other household pests for good. To schedule a free inspection, contact us today. Call or text (636) 224-6098 or fill out the online form.

Where Do Mosquitoes Go in the Winter?

Mosquitoes are simply unstoppable. These annoying pests have been on this planet for a whopping 46 million years and they show no signs of leaving any time soon. They’re always around to ruin your summer camping trip, BBQ, pool party or sports game. Unless you live in Iceland and Antarctica, you have dealt with the annoyances of mosquitoes at some point.

Now that fall is here, though, you may be seeing fewer mosquitoes. Temperatures are cooling down. Those hot summer nights are fading away, allowing you to go outside without fear of getting bitten.

So where did those pesky mosquitoes go? Are they hiding in your garage? Are they under your house? In your attic? Are they building nests in trees? Do they just die?

Hibernation

Mosquitoes lived through the Ice Age millions of years ago, so a little cold weather isn’t going to kill these bugs. However, due to climate issues, mosquitoes cannot be found in Iceland and Antarctica.

Male mosquitoes have a very short lifespan. They die after mating, and live up to 10 days total. Because of this, male mosquitoes never make it through the fall.

Bears are known to hibernate in the winter. Female mosquitoes do the same thing. These resilient creatures typically stay around until the temperature drops to about 50 degrees. After that, they find places to hibernate until they die. Their lifespan is roughly 6-8 weeks.

Like bears, mosquitoes are inactive during the winter. They will hide in trees and burrows. Some hide in basements and storm sewers. When there is no water around, mosquitoes can go into diapause. This means they can essentially delay life. They can simply put the pause button on their lives for several months. Then, when there is enough water or warmth, they can continue on with life as usual. When a female mosquito lays eggs, the larvae and pupae can also go through diapause. 

There are more than 3,500 mosquito species, and they have their differences. Some can dehydrate themselves to avoid freezing. Then they wait until the weather warms up again. Others have the ability to raise the level of glycerol in their body. This glycerol acts as an anti-freeze so they stay warm.

After Winter

When spring comes around, you may notice that the mosquitoes are out in full force again. This is because mosquitoes have spent their winters in hibernation. In order to survive and help their babies thrive, the female mosquitoes need a blood meal. That’s why they are on the lookout for people wearing shorts and short-sleeved shirts. The mosquito will get her meal, rest and lay eggs. Then the cycle continues.

Preventing Mosquito Bites

Mosquito bites can be painful and itchy. Some take days to go away. Others carry diseases that can be life-threatening or even fatal to humans. Because of this, it’s a good idea to prevent mosquito bites, if possible. Here are some tips:

  • Keep mosquitoes outside. When these pests are left indoors, they can bite. Keep doors and windows closed. If you do intend to keep them open, use nets and screens.
  • Eliminate standing water. Mosquitoes can breed in just the smallest amount of water. Even water in a bird bath or pot left outside in the rain can turn into a mosquito breeding area. Empty any containers that contain water. If you have a pond, mosquito fish and minnows can help.
  • Wear repellent when outdoors. When going outside, spray on a repellent to avoid getting eaten by mosquitoes. DEET, IR3535 insecticide, picaridin and PMD are the most effective chemicals. They are also considered safe, even for babies and pregnant women. Just avoid spraying near the face.
  • Wear the right clothes. Wearing nothing but a swimsuit is a recipe for mosquito attacks. Choose long pants, long sleeves and loose-fitting clothing. Dark colors like red, blue and black attract mosquitoes, so opt for lighter colors.
  • Stay indoors. Mosquitoes tend to feed when it’s dark, so avoid being outside early in the morning and late at night, if possible. If not, wear appropriate clothing and apply repellant.

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Mosquitos are most annoying in the summer, but they can ruin your yard any time of the year. They may can make being outdoors less enjoyable.

Take back your yard with Amco Ranger today. We offer various pest control programs and options for homeowners in Missouri. Our professionals focus on safe, convenient and affordable options. Schedule a free inspection today. Fill out the online form or call/text (636) 224-6098.