Aedes aegypti

 

If you ask anyone in New Jersey what they don’t like about the summer, the answer most likely will be mosquitoes. There isn’t much love lost between people and mosquitoes. At the very least, these bloodthirsty insects are major annoyances, biting us with a persistence that can be maddening. No other insect can cause everyone to run for cover and cause you to abandon your backyard barbecue or party, like the mosquito. But you’re in luck, New Jersey Pest knows how to handle these party crashers.

 

Color: Varies; Pale brown with whitish stripes across abdomen Size: 1/4-3/8″
Legs: 6 Antennae: Yes
Shape: Narrow Oval Region: N/A

One of the best-known summer pests, mosquitoes breed in stagnant water or soft soil and can develop from egg to adult in 10 to 14 days.

Habits

Female mosquitoes suck our blood. Male mosquitoes feed on plant nectars. They can develop from egg to adult in 10 to 14 days. They are most active from dusk to dawn and will fly up to 14 miles for a blood meal.

Habitats

Mosquitoes breed in stagnant water sources such as storm drains, old tires, children’s wading pools and birdbaths.

Threats

Mosquitoes are well-known to spread diseases such as West Nile Virus, malaria, and dengue fever.

Prevention

Eliminate or reduce mosquito breeding sites by replacing all standing water at least once a week. This includes bird baths, ponds, and unfiltered pools. Remove unneeded vegetation or trash from around any standing water sources that cannot be changed, dumped or removed. Introduce mosquito-eating fish such as gambusia, green sunfish, bluegills and minnows to standing water. Screen windows, doors and other openings with mesh. Avoid going outdoors when and where mosquitoes are most active: during dusk or dawn. Use insect repellent containing DEET on exposed skin whenever or wherever mosquitoes are likely to bite.

Medical info on West Nile Virus

Medical info on Encephalitis

Medical info on Zika Virus

 

Culex Pipens

(West Nile Virus)

Asian Tiger Mosquito

(Yellow Fever, Dengue Fever, Chikungunya fever and possibly Zika Virus)

Aedes Aegypti

(Zika Virus and Yellow Fever)