A 1999 updated checklist of the mosquitoes of New Jersey, published by Rutgers University in The Journal of the American Mosquito Control Association, lists 62 mosquito species statewide—an increase of four species since the last checkup in 1983. The university also tracks populations weekly across the state during the summer on its Center for Vector Biology website.
But you don't need to worry about identifying different mosquito species. Leave that to our Jersey City pest control experts at Bayonne Exterminating. We back up the solutions our team brings to get rid of mosquitoes on your property with science and experience.
In this guide, you'll learn the basics of identifying mosquitoes, the potential dangers mosquito-borne diseases pose, and a few tips for DIY mosquito prevention and how we handle professional control.
Mosquitoes Or Not? How To Identify Them At A Glance
Mosquitoes are tiny flies that measure approximately 1/8 to 3/8 of an inch. They possess six legs and an elongated mouthpart known as a proboscis. Their appearance can range from shades of gray to black, sometimes showcasing additional white, green, or blue markings.
It can be challenging to identify mosquitoes while they are in flight. That's why mosquitoes can sometimes be mistaken for flies or other insects. However, mosquitoes have long, slender bodies and distinctive mouthparts.
Mosquito-Borne Diseases: How These Insects Pose A Serious Danger
Mosquitoes can carry and transmit various diseases, posing a significant health risk to humans. According to the CDC, some of the notable illnesses transmitted by mosquitoes include:
Malaria: A life-threatening disease caused by parasites transmitted through mosquito bites. It can cause high fever, chills, flu-like symptoms, and, in severe cases, organ failure or death.
Dengue Fever: A viral infection that causes high fever, severe joint and muscle pain, rash, and headache. In severe cases, it can lead to dengue hemorrhagic fever, which can be life-threatening.
Zika Virus: A viral infection that can cause mild symptoms such as fever, rash, joint pain, and conjunctivitis. However, it is particularly concerning for pregnant women as it can lead to severe birth defects, including microcephaly, in newborns.
West Nile Virus: A viral infection that can cause flu-like symptoms such as fever, headache, body aches, and fatigue. In rare cases, it can lead to severe neurological complications.
These are just a few examples of the diseases mosquitoes can carry and transmit. If you experience any of the symptoms listed, please seek medical attention immediately.
The Key To Mosquito Control: Proactive Measures For Prevention
It is crucial to take preventive measures, such as eliminating breeding sites and using environmentally-friendly mosquito repellents, to reduce the risk of mosquito-borne diseases. Water sources are essential to the mosquito's life cycle, so eliminating stagnant water is the most proactive step to eliminate breeding grounds.
Some steps you can take to accomplish this include the following:
Mosquitoes lay their eggs in stagnant water. Regularly inspect your surroundings and eliminate any sources of standing water, such as flowerpots, buckets, birdbaths, and clogged gutters. Empty and clean pet water bowls and replace the water frequently.
If you have a swimming pool or a decorative pond, keep them properly maintained. Chlorinate swimming pools and ensure water circulation. For ponds, consider introducing mosquito-eating fish or using larvicides that are safe for aquatic life.
Ensure that water storage containers, such as barrels or tanks, are tightly covered to prevent mosquitoes from accessing them and laying eggs.
Additionally, you can use home remedies to keep mosquitoes away. Some of the best essential oils for mosquitoes include citronella, peppermint, lemon eucalyptus, and lemongrass. These are also the best plants for mosquitoes and act as natural deterrents. Use a few drops of one of the essential oils (or plant clippings) to create a natural repellent.
Professional Mosquito Control: Create A Mosquito Barrier For Your Yard
Jersey City pest control services are the surest way to ensure mosquito control on your property by creating a mosquito barrier for your yard built off of a professional treatment plan. Experienced technicians know where to spot and eradicate breeding mosquito populations vs. the limited reach of other methods that, at best, only offer temporary relief from a few mosquitoes.
Rid your yard of mosquitoes with the science-backed methods of mosquito control that Bayonne Exterminating brings to the table. Our family-based business also brings three generations of experience to every consultation. Contact us today to schedule your mosquito inspection and treatment.
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