Mosquitoes in New Jersey

Types of Mosquitoes in New Jersey

With over 63 species in the state alone, mosquitoes are one of the most common pests in New Jersey. Most have small black bodies and two wings. Additionally, they have four stages in their lifecycle, including egg, larva, pupa, and adult. Though there are many types, the Asian Tiger is reported to be the most troublesome. Due to their vicious and frequent feeding, mosquito bites are a nuisance and can be detrimental to human health.

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Threats of Mosquito Bites

In addition to extreme irritation, there are many hazards that come along with being bitten. Mosquito viruses include Eastern equine encephalitis, St. Louis encephalitis, and malaria. All of these cause illness, with fevers and headaches that can rapidly transition into seizures and comas. Other mosquito diseases are the West Nile virus and, more recently, the Zika virus, which can be fatal.

Prevention and Control

Since it is common for most mosquito larvae to reach adulthood in pools of water, steps can be taken to eliminate infestations. Homeowners should watch bird baths, flower pots and trash receptacles for water accumulation that can provide a breeding site. However, since these insects can carry disease, the best way to eliminate the problem is by contacting professionals at Western Pest.