Benefits to the cold weather spell

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BAY COUNTY, Fla. (WJHG/WECP) - We know it can dry your skin or freeze your pipes so it's no surprise this cold weather spell cast upon parts of Northwest Florida isn't welcomed by all.

Surprisingly, the cold weather isn't all bad.

Ice patches and frigid winter breezes can put many in a sour mood, but there are some positives that can come with the cold weather.

"On days that are cooler than 50 degrees because [mosquitoes] don't like to come out in the cold weather so they will actually hibernate temporarily in our region of Florida," Cindy Mulla said. She works in public relations and education with the Beach Mosquito Control District.

Mulla says those pesky skeeters are likely taking a break.

"It's called diapause, it suspends part of the life cycle that they are in," Mulla explained, "so if they are in the egg stage it'll stay in the egg stage until the environment improves with the temperature and climate rising."

Mosquitoes are likely to hibernate inside a tree, an attic, or an animal burrow when it's cold, but it doesn't mean they're gone for good.

"She might have her eggs in her and just be waiting for the temperatures to rise for her to go out and to lay the eggs," Mulla said.

At Deer Point Lake, the freezing temperatures are also taking a toll in a good way.

"The Florida Fish and Wildlife Division of Fresh Water Fisheries makes a recommendation to the county to have a draw down of the Deer Point reservoir," Bekah Nelson, Spokesperson for FWC said, "and the intention of that is to expose the aquatic vegetation for an extended period of time to help the drying out or the freezing of those exposed vegetation to decrease the nuisance vegetation."

The cold weather along with the draw down will help in other ways.

"To improve fish and wildlife habitat, to improve boating and fishing access," Nelson said.

Beach Mosquito Control District officials say locals should continue to be proactive by still wearing repellent and removing any standing water from around their homes.