The Type of Mosquito That Carries Zika is Found in NJ

Mosquitoes Capable of Carrying Zika Found in NJ
Mosquitoes Capable of Carrying Zika Found in NJ

There have been more than 50 confirmed Zika cases in New Jersey this year, though all of them seem to be related to individuals traveling to areas where the virus is more prevalent. New Jersey has yet to see a Zika case coming transmitted by mosquitoes, but the Asian Tiger mosquito, one of only two types of the pest known to be capable of transmitting Zika, has been found throughout our state.

Asian Tiger Mosquitoes

Of the two types of mosquitoes that can carry Zika, the Asian Tiger mosquito poses a far smaller threat than the Aedes Aegypti, which is generally not found in New Jersey. The Asian Tiger’s favorite breeding ground is any type of small puddle of standing fresh water, from back yard swimming pools to bird baths.

How to Prevent Mosquito Bites

Our team at Allison Pest Control NJ recommends emptying out standing water sources every few days. For those of you with a swimming pool, a bit of chlorine will stop mosquitoes from laying eggs, while salt water pools are by their nature immune from becoming breeding grounds. When you go outside, especially in the evening, use a DEET-based insect repellent on your exposed skin.

If you’re interested in in the best methods for getting rid of mosquitoes around your home, Allison Pest Control NJ can come out and spray, reaching places municipal spraying efforts cannot.