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On the “Hunt”: Peak Mosquito Hours

Feb 17, 2022

On the “Hunt”: Peak Mosquito Hours

A strategy to avoid mosquito bites

There are some instances where you will really want to avoid “peak times,” for sanity’s sake. Think gyms, amusement parks, or the post office.

 

Peak mosquito biting times are one of those instances.

 

Of course, mosquitoes are autonomous beings with behavior that we can’t always control or predict. But they are also creatures of habit, and research on peak mosquito activity hours allows for a slight human advantage when it comes to avoiding bites.

 

So when are peak mosquito hours? Let’s dive into the research.

 

 

 

On a broad scale, mosquitoes are more active during the months where temperatures are above 50 degrees Fahrenheit (10 degrees Celsius) and are most often found when temperatures reach 80 degrees Fahrenheit (27 degrees Celsius) and above. But depending on where you live, that could mean mosquitoes are biting all year round! As much as some of us may be homebodies, it’s not realistic to stay indoors 24/7.

 

So let’s try to get more specific…

 

Research institutions like the Department of Microbiology at Mount Sinai Hospital and governing bodies like the Canadian federal government have suggested that mosquitoes are most active from “dusk til dawn,” or sunrise to sunset. But this information isn’t particularly helpful for those of us who are active during the day.

 

Some research has narrowed the timeframe down to the early morning – after the sun has begun to rise, but before temperatures really start to increase. This time of day also tends to have the most moisture in the air, which is ideal for mosquito populations to thrive.

 

In sum, if you really want to avoid mosquitoes, you’ll need to spend a large chunk of time indoors. Unless, of course, you contact your local Mosquito Hero office! We will reduce mosquito populations on your property – guaranteed.

 

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