MOSQUITOES

There are many species of mosquitoes, which can be found throughout the world. Females are responsible for the bite we suffer. These bites can cause very serious or fatal diseases. In cooler climates, especially seasonal discomfort from bites, but in the tropics they can become the main vectors of diseases. They can transmit different diseases to people and animals; p. eg, malaria, filariasis, yellow fever, encephalitis and dengue. Only a few species of mosquitoes are vectors of human diseases.

Types of common mosquitoes in new jersey

The cattail mosquito, or Coquillettidia perturbans, may carry the Eastern Equine Encephalitis virus. As one of the few mosquito species that needs aquatic vegetation to breathe, it attaches to sedges, cattails, and other plants.

Adult specimens prefer forested habits and tend to be most active during the early evening hours. Sometimes, they can be found in shaded areas. Females are particularly aggressive.

Cattail mosquitoes are difficult to control with traditional larvicides. The best way to stop them from growing and spreading is to remove excessive cattail growth.

                         

Aedes albopictus, or the Asian tiger mosquito, thrives in warm, wet environments. Adult specimens have black bodies with white stripes and measure around 0.2 inches. They lay eggs just above the water surface and may carry the West Nile virusyellow feverencephalitis, and other illnesses.

Clinical evidence suggests that Aedes albopictus may also transmit the Zika virus, which is linked to birth defects. Currently, there are no medicines or vaccines for this infection.

The protect yourself, dispose of birdbaths, flowerpots, and other sources of standing water around your home. Wear protective clothing and use an EPA-approved insect repellent when spending time outdoors.

In case of an infestation, reach out to a residential pest control company to assess the problem and recommend the best course of action.

                          

The white-footed woods mosquito, or Psorophora ferox, doesn’t pose the same dangers as other species. However, it’s extremely common and can have multiple generations per year. It also tends to be aggressive toward humans, causing painful bites.

This mosquito species can be found in New Jersey, as well as much of North and South America. In rare cases, it may transmit the Western Nile and Venezuelan equine encephalitis viruses.

To protect yourself, wear long sleeves and pants during outdoor activities. Avoid hunting, fishing, or camping at dawn and dusk when these insects are active.

                     

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