Mosquitoes can make summer a nightmare. Who doesn’t dread the drone of a night time mozzie in your bedroom keeping you awake? Or that summer barbeque when it seems you are on the menu for the mosquitoes? To protect yourself from mosquitoes, it’s worth knowing when they are at their worst. Mosquitoes love moist humid weather and although anything over 50 degrees can make them become active, once the temperature reaches 70 degrees F, they really thrive.
The US Mosquito season depends upon the climate across the various regions. Knowing when mosquitoes are most active will help you know when to take steps to avoid them
Gulf Coast, Florida, Hawaii, Louisiana, Mississippi and Alabama
These areas have a warm and humid climate and as a result the mosquito season lasts right through from February to November.
South and South West including; southern California, New Mexico, Georgia, Tennessee , South Carolina and the Northern Carolina coast .
These areas have a lengthy mosquito season that lasts from March to September with some areas seeing the season lasting all year long.
Mid Atlantic, Midwest and West
This area comprises of most of the USA and the length of the mosquito season will depend upon the year’s weather. States including ; Nevada, Utah, Colorado, Nebraska, Kansas, Missouri, Kentucky, Illinois, Ohio, West Virginia, Virginia, Maryland and Pennsylvania fall into this category and in general the mosquito season runs from April to September
New England, North Midwest and Pacific Northwest including Washington, Montana and Maine
With a cooler more temperate climate, the mosquito season is shorter than other areas but still lasts from May to September
When are mosquitoes most active and how can you avoid them?
The simple answer is that you can’t avoid mosquitoes completely but you can minimise their effect. Mosquitoes are most active at dawn and dusk so try to avoid being outside at the height of the season.
In addition, mosquitoes are attracted to standing water so make sure you don’t have water tubs or dishes with water in your yard or the mosquitoes will breed.
To minimise the risk of being bitten try wearing long sleeves and long trousers and get some good quality and effective anti mosquito spray. We especially like All Terrain Herbal Armor Natural Insect Repellent Spray. This is a natural bug repellent which is resistant to water and sweat meaning that you only need to apply it once every two or three hours.
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When are mosquitoes most active is a question that most of us ask during the course of summer. But if you have your insect repellent spray at hand, at least it does not need to be a problem.