An active mosquito population can ruin any outdoor activity. MissQuito’s Mosquito Activity Calculator can help determine how active mosquitoes are likely to be.
When Are Mosquitoes Most Active?
For most species of mosquito in the United States, they are most active at dusk. The higher the mosquito activity the more likely they will bite.
With nearly 200 different species of mosquitoes in the U.S., different species have different times of activity. The two most common mosquito species in the United States are the Asian tiger mosquito (Aedes aegypti) and the house mosquito (Culex pipiens). The house mosquito is more active during the morning and evening; Asian tiger mosquitoes are more active during the day.
Almost universally, mosquitoes avoid direct sunlight and heat in the middle of the day.
Where Are Mosquitoes Most Active?
Mosquitoes are found throughout the United States. Mosquito habitats are near standing water and in a shaded area. Female mosquitoes lay eggs in shallow, stagnate water. Mosquito eggs can be found in marshes, lakes, ponds, birdbaths, tires, children’s toys, gutters, and pools.
Mosquitoes avoid direct sunlight. Shaded areas from trees, bushes, or even tall grass provide shelter for mosquitoes.
Mosquitoes are most active during the warmer months. When temperatures dip below 50 degrees Fahrenheit, mosquito activity plummets. Some species hibernate; while other species die off.
When mosquito activity is high, you are more likely to get a mosquito bite. More than just an annoyance, mosquito bites can also transmit diseases like yellow fever, Dengue, West Nile virus, and Zika virus.
- Use Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)-registered insect repellent.
- Wear long-sleeved shirts and long pants.
- Treat clothing and gear with permethrin.
- Use eco-friendly mosquito control to treat your yard.