Dusk and dawn are crucial times when it comes to combating mosquitoes. As explained by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), "the hours from dusk to dawn are peak biting times for many species of mosquitoes."
What's special about dusk and dawn?
There are two major characteristics that mosquitoes find appealing at dusk and dawn:
- Reduced Exposure to Sun
- Lower Temperatures
The intricate exoskeleton of the mosquito cannot handle much direct sunlight. Mosquitoes spend most of the midday hours in shaded areas under the foliage of trees and plants, and near standing water that is out of direct contact with sunlight.Most yards are open to enough natural light through the day to keep mosquitoes at bay.
Mosquitoes at Dusk
However, once the sun goes down at dusk, mosquitoes leave their shaded breeding grounds and begin looking for their next meal. The bad news is that this process can ruin many a relaxing evening if no precautions are taken. The good news is that the mosquitoes are exposed and vulnerable at these times, making the DUSK/DAWN® sensor on the Skeeter Defeater Dispenser an amazing feature.
Similarly, mosquitoes favor temperatures no higher than 85 degrees F, and usually no lower than 55 degrees F (although there are exceptions). The cooler air of dawn and dusk make for an enticing opportunity for mosquitoes to make their move.
Dusk and Dawn Changes
Dusk and dawn occur at slightly different times every day as seasonal shifts occur. By measuring the change in light on a daily basis, the DUSK/DAWN® sensor on the Skeeter Defeater Dispenser takes the guesswork out of when to attack mosquitoes. Just set the Dispenser up in your yard, turn on the DUSK/DAWN + Remote feature, and the Skeeter Defeater® Automatic Dispenser will spray at just the right time every day.