Have you ever observed how the mosquito season always seems to have a lot of heavy rain? If you spend time outside during a thunderstorm, you may have noticed that the weather does not prevent you from mosquitoes. Although it may appear doubtful that the flying pests would be out in the rain, mosquitoes prefer wet weather.
Unfortunately for everyone, mosquitoes are very good at flying in the rain. Because of their variety do not struggle with the same downfalls as most other insects when raindrops hit them. Continue reading to learn why these tenacious insects enjoy rainy weather so much and how they can overcome the risks that it can bring.
Connection Between Rain And Mosquitoes
Rainfall indicates droplets, and droplets mean one thing: sluggish water where mosquitoes can lay their eggs.
Mosquito eggs must be kept in water because water offers precious resources for mosquito growth. Young mosquitoes, in fact, probably have spent the first few phases of their lives in water. Only when a mosquito has entirely developed and is set to fly it will leave the water looking for better food and potential mates.
Mosquitoes propagate even more quickly when warm weather continues to follow the rain. Anyways, there is nothing helpful you can do about the rain, and there are some precautions you can adapt to keep yourself from becoming infested with mosquitoes this spring.
Can Mosquitoes Fly-In Rain?
Mosquitoes can fly in the rain. They’re indeed very good at it! Mosquitoes, unlike many other insects, are incredibly durable and can fly even when hit by raindrops. Raindrops seem to have little force on flying mosquitoes of very strong exoskeletons and thin body mass.
Raindrops can fall down at speeds of up to 22 miles per hour. Furthermore, the average insect is extremely small, and a drop of rain can be much greater than their body. This means that the drop of rain is not only able to cover them totally, but it is also much bulkier.
Mosquitoes have also evolved unique flying capabilities that help them to store energy during rainfall flights and avoid being decimated by raindrops. They are completely capable of flying in the rain and can endanger you and your loved ones even on rainy days.
How do Mosquitoes fly In Rainy Days?
Mosquitoes are notorious for their inability to fly. As a result, flying in the rain would appear to be out of the question for these pests. That, however, is not the case. These insects can successfully navigate in the rain and do not appear to be bothered by it. When falling raindrops hit them, they pick themselves up and continue on their way. The impact of falling raindrops will not harm them due to their small size. This is just one of the reasons mosquitoes enjoy being outside in the rain.
What is it about the way a mosquito flies during rain that offers resistance to the effect of raindrops? Let us look at the steps mosquitoes take throughout a flight that enables them to fly effectively even when hit by a drop of water:
1) To Begin With, Mosquitoes Do Not Try To Avoid Raindrops:
This may come as a shock, but research has demonstrated it to be true. Mosquitoes keep flying normally even when drops of rain are flinging down all around them. Mosquitoes fly as they ordinarily would even when they are at risk of being attacked by rain, rather than wasting time and energy trying to avoid rain or taking protection until the storm passes. Because of this simple approach, mosquitoes don’t get tired of trying to meld between raindrops all the time.
2) When A Mosquito Is Stung By A Raindrop, It Does Not Fight Back:
If a raindrop falls on a mosquito, it does not waste vital resources fighting the blow. Rather, the mosquito lets the raindrop compress their body and stops attempting to fly on their own. The mosquito merges with the water and begins to fall to the ground with the raindrop. This silent approach allows the mosquito to conserve energy because they are not wasting time-fighting the rain. Instead, they take advantage of the power of the raindrop’s fall.
3) Mosquitoes Use Their Limbs As Sails To Escape After Allowing Raindrops To Take Over:
After re-centering itself and activating its body to follow the pressure of the raindrop, the mosquito chose to start looking for ways to avoid the water. They do this by modifying their path by using their long legs and wings as improvised sails. A mosquito will use its body parts to sail away from water as the raindrop falls to the ground. When it is free, it will be capable of flying on its own and return to its original desired location.
Where Do The Mosquitoes Live?
Mosquitoes will find a multitude of mosquito habitats in your backyard after a rainstorm. The following are some of the most common breeding grounds for mosquitoes:
- Rivers and lakes, and ponds are all types of wetlands.
- Spas or pools
- Fountains or birdbaths
- Planters for the garden
- Playsets for children
- Tires stacked up
- Drainage clogs
It would be best if you also keep your landscaping in good condition. Mosquitoes prefer to rest in shady spots during the day and at night, so cutting your trees, bushes, and shrubs will decrease the number of hiding spots on your lawn.
How To Protect Yourself Against Mosquitoes
Mosquitoes are obligated to be present wherever you go in summer, especially after a rainy season. Here are a few mosquito-resistance techniques for wherever you may be:
1) Apply Insect Repellent:
In a local store, look for an EPA-approved bug spray. You can pertain it to your skin and clothing, but read carefully the label for detailed instructions and protective measures.
2) Put On Protective Clothing:
Wear long sleeves and pants to hide up as much skin as possible. This can be inconvenient in the hot summer months, but mosquitoes find it more difficult to bite through most fabrics.
3) Limit Your Exposure By Doing The Following:
Mosquitoes are most involved at night or early morning because the bright sun and dry heat die of dehydration. To avoid mosquitoes, avoid undiagnosed areas around dusk and restrict your time in the shelter throughout the day.
Let Clegg’s Pest Control Keep Mosquitoes at Bay
Mosquitoes are pesky insects that can drain your blood. If you live in a mosquito-infested area, you are well aware of how inconvenient they can be. When there is a mosquito infestation, spending time in the backyard can turn into a nightmare. If you notice an unusual amount of mosquitoes in your backyard, contact Clegg’s Pest Control via the form below for a free inspection.