Keeping mosquito populations under control helps reduce the risk of health issues, such as West Nile virus, but this can be tough to do. The good news is that scientists are working on developing a technique that could limit mosquito populations by controlling their fertility.
Using Microbes to Fight Mosquitoes
Researchers are looking into ways to use microbes called Wolbachia to place limits on mosquito populations. These microbes have the ability to do this naturally, and are able to thrive.
Wolbachia microbes ensure that higher numbers of non-fertile mosquito eggs are allowed to develop while decreasing the chance that uninfected ones will develop.
Scientists are testing this pest control method by sending male mosquitoes infected with Wolbachia microbes into the local mosquito populations. The mosquitoes will then be monitored to see if the number of eggs does in fact decrease.
Effective Mosquito Control
Until this method becomes more widely available, NJ homeowners will have to continue dealing with mosquito populations. Getting rid of standing water helps reduce these populations, but more effective NJ pest control services are often needed for serious infestations. Otherwise, these pests can spread Zika virus, West Nile virus and other infectious diseases.
If your property is infested with mosquitoes this summer, Allison Pest Control can help. We provide prompt and dependable NJ pest control services to rid properties of mosquitoes and other harmful pests.