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There are over 3,000 mosquito species world-wide, 200 of which are in the United States and 52 mosquito species are found in Massachusetts and New Hampshire. The presence of any particular mosquito is dependent on the type of nearby wetland or habitat such as permanent swamps, temporary woodland pools, river flood plains, cattail swamps or artificial containers (roadside highway drains, old rimless tires, unused swimming pools, uncovered empty trash cans, and bird baths).
Your Master Mosquito Control technician is trained to address all these situations with you to make your yard safer. We custom blend our product solutions at every property we service. Synthetic or All-Natural. And we keep copious notes on your property as conditions can change from treatment to treatment.
The species of mosquito found at any one time in an area is dependent on temperature and season, as there are early spring, late spring, summer, and mid-summer species. Some species have several generations each summer, so their populations increase as the summer goes along. Mosquitoes rarely fly at temperatures below 50 degrees Fahrenheit and generally either hibernate (life stage specific for different mosquitoes) or die as cold New England winters approach.2018 had a growth of over 400% in the population of mosquitoes due to excessive rain.
Most mosquitoes are active primarily during dusk and dawn or during cloudy warm days but tend to avoid direct sunlight. One local species is active all night! Mostly they are selective about who they bite. Some feed primarily on humans and other mammals, while others mostly bite birds, amphibians (such as frogs) or reptiles (such as snakes). The chance of acquiring a mosquito-borne disease in Massachusetts is extremely rare. However, the species which are believed to transmit West Nile Virus and Eastern Equine Encephalitis include some of the most numerous species found in eastern Massachusetts. Mosquitoes also transmit animal diseases, and the probability of a pet dog or cat acquiring heartworm is not so remote. It is recommended that a veterinarian give dogs and cats preventative medication.
Typically the human disease risk in Massachusetts and New Hampshire becomes detectable some time in July or August, and rises to its highest in September. If the first killing frost is late, high risk continues into early October. Historically, the greatest risk is in the southeastern part of NH and northeastern portion of MA, but a disease case could turn up almost anywhere.