Do Mosquitoes Sleep?

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When Are Mosquitoes Most Active?

While a few species feed during the day, others are most active from dusk to dawn. Those mosquitoes that are night feeders like this time because the air is generally calm, making it easier to fly and search out hosts. When they are not feeding, mosquitoes rest in protected areas such as tall plants, bushes, and other protective places.

Do Mosquitoes Sleep at Night?

Mosquitoes don’t sleep like we do, but people often wonder what these pests do during times of day when they aren’t active. When they aren’t flying to locate a host to feed on, mosquitoes sleep, or rather rest, and are inactive unless disturbed. Some hide during the daytime, while others, such as the Asian tiger mosquito prefers to rest up at night. Those active in the evening come out when temperatures and feeding conditions are more desirable.

Do Mosquitoes Hibernate?

During late fall and winter, some species of mosquitoes sleep or, more accurately, hibernate in protective places to avoid unfavorable conditions. Other species of adult mosquitoes die as cold weather approaches, but their eggs overwinter, survive the cold, and hatch during the warmer spring weather.


Since mosquitoes are most active at different times, control can be tough. Homeowners who want to get rid of these pests should consider water sources in their backyards. Birdbaths, small items that collect water, ditches, and pools often provide places for mosquitoes to develop. For assistance with mosquito reduction, seek the help of Orkin professionals who will assess problem areas and develop a plan for pest management.