One Man's Paradise

You Know It’s Spring…

when the first mosquito shows up in your home. That day was yesterday. After a pest-free winter I noticed the first large mosquito of the season,

then another,

and another.

Out of the blue I had 20 or so of these buggers in the house. Where did they come from? I had no idea. They are the big, slow kind. Easy to swat, not making the annoying buzzing sound. Wiki says there are mosquito species that hibernate as adults in crevices and come out as soon as the temps go up. Maybe I have those…

Happy Easter!

One Man's Paradise

Believe it or not!

I saw the first mosquitoes today!

Hard to believe, but that’s what happens when the ambient temperature goes above freezing for a few days, even in the midst of winter. Several species of mosquitoes, like Anopheles freeborni, hibernate as full grown adults. Some call it hibernation, some call it diapause and not all mosquitoes making it through winter may use the same mechanism to prevent freezing and dehydration.

Call it what you want. The skeeters are of to an early start.