Why On Earth Would Maine May See More Mosquitoes In Winter?
Let's get the obvious question out of the way...
I'm sure the first thing you said to yourself as you clicked into this article, is that I'm talking about mosquitoes in Maine..... during the winter. But it's true. Last winter, I tried taking a photo of one in late February/early March that was hanging out on my window screen. It seems thanks to our warm winters, this is becoming more frequent.
In fact, if you were to poll your friends, I bet you'd find that most had a story of what seemed like a fully rogue bloodsucker that seemed to have no idea what season it actually is. You'll hear about how they couldn't believe their ears when they heard one buzz by their head or saw one flying around.
Stupid adaptable bloodsuckers...
But sure enough, as climates change, so does the adaptability of the little mosquito. An article was recently published by the University of Florida, discussing just this subject... that mosquitoes may start developing more tolerance to cold in general. For instance, a spring mosquito can survive a wider range of temps than a summer mosquito.
Same with the fall mosquitoes, and so forth. And as the study has continued, there's reason to believe that the temperature window could become quite a bit wider, thanks to global warming. So, that means they may pop out earlier every year, and start to stay later on the other end as well.
At least we'll get a small break. Kinda...
Now, this doesn't mean in the next few years we're going to be having year-round mosquitoes, but if we had an early thaw or a warm stretch in winter, that eggs could hatch and send the little jerks out into the world to cause you a headache. Or at least an itchy arm or leg.
But it does mean that you're not imagining things if you see a mosquito flying around, and the time of year seems all wrong. You're just seeing things heat up on a global scale. Unless you don't believe in climate change. Then I'm not sure what your explanation would be. But hopefully, it involves the Earth being flat, hahaha.