Mosquitoes and Ticks

Mosquitoes are still a concern in the Fall.  Please take precautions when outside. Until you’ve had your first frost and temperatures consistently stay below 55, you may still see those pesky mosquitoes buzzing around.

But if you’ve already switched from A/C to heat and you’re putting on your jacket in the morning, mosquitoes are probably fading from your mind. What you may not know is that there’s still some precautions to take in the fall and winter months to maintain a mosquito-free yard.  Here’s what you should know:

In the autumn months after mating, male mosquitoes die. But did you know female mosquitoes actually hibernate? That’s right, they can actually survive the winter months. In the spring when the weather warms up, they seek blood to feed on so they can lay their eggs. All mosquito larvae (eggs) require water, even in winter, and mosquito larvae can last years. As the water temperature drops, it basically creates a dormant stage in the mosquito larvae called diapause, which stops further development. Development resumes when the water warms again.


Central Mass Mosquito Control Project

The Ashland Board of Health, in cooperation with the Central Massachusetts Mosquito Control Project, provides mosquito control services to Ashland residents and businesses.  

An Integrated Pest Management (IPM) approach is used, featuring education, source reduction and larvaciding.  Adultaciding using an Ultra-Low Volume (ULV) spray is used as a last resort for biting adult mosquitoes.  

For more information on Mosquito Control visit the  Central Massachusetts Mosquito Control Project on the web.