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.
You can’t spend an evening outside in NJ when it’s warm out without getting at least one mosquito bite, and that’s no surprise. NJ really does have 63 different mosquito species, which gives NJ pest control services plenty to do in summer.
62 Residents, 1 Visitor
Sixty-two of the mosquito species sampled in NJ are resident species that stick around during the winter months. Only one species, Aedes aegypti, goes elsewhere when the temperatures drop in NJ. This is good news since this species is responsible for spreading yellow fever, dengue, and other infectious diseases.
Differences in Distribution
Although you’ll find 63 different species in NJ, they’re not evenly distributed. In fact, only some of these species are found all over the state. Several species have a very limited distribution and are only found in a few parts of the state. That still leaves quite a few species that are around to bite throughout the summer months.
Since certain species can spread West Nile virus and other diseases, it’s important to keep their populations to a minimum. You can do your part by getting rid of standing water in your yard, so mosquitoes have fewer places to breed and build their populations.
If you need dependable NJ pest control services for a mosquito infestation, give Allison Pest Control a call. We offer reliable pest control in Monmouth and Ocean Counties.
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.
The threat of pregnant women catching the Zika virus has led the federal government to help New Jersey deal with the disease. To date, most of the help they have given has come in the form of grants from funds specifically set up to help states stop Zika from evolving into a major public health emergency.
Public Awareness Campaign
Earlier this summer, the CDC gave about $425,000 to the New Jersey Department of Health for a massive public awareness campaign aimed at disrupting mosquito breeding habits and increased laboratory testing. This campaign urged the public to remove common breeding areas for mosquitoes from around their homes. Our team at Allison Pest Control NJ agrees and considers this approach your first line of defense to reduce your risk of catching Zika.
Monitoring of Children Born to Zika-infected Mothers
At the beginning of August, New Jersey received half a million dollars, which will be used to expand monitoring services for children who are born to a mother infected with Zika at some point during her pregnancy. Public health officials warn that just because physical symptoms may not be present at birth, it’s still far too early to tell if a child will be developmentally healthy even if they don’t have signs of microcephaly.
Allison Pest Control NJ can help eliminate mosquitoes around your home, reducing the threat of Zika for all members of your family.
Mosquitoes used to be merely a nuisance due to the itchy bites they cause, but in recent years these pests have been spreading diseases in the U.S. The most recent threat from mosquitoes is the spread of the Zika virus. What is Zika and why is it a problem?
• Zika is a virus that is spread through mosquito bites or sexual contact with someone who is infected. To date there have been more than 1,650 reported cases of Zika in the U.S. People can catch Zika from traveling to areas that are known to have these mosquitoes, such as parts of the Caribbean, but these pests have recently been found in Miami.
• Zika typically causes mild symptoms in those who are infected, but it poses a more dangerous risk to the fetuses of pregnant women. This virus increases the risk of a condition called microcephaly, as well as stillbirths and birth defects.
• Zika prevention includes wearing insect repellent, going outside with long pants and long-sleeved shirts on, and getting rid of standing water that mosquitoes can lay eggs in. Avoiding travel to certain areas is also important for women who are pregnant or contemplating getting pregnant.
Keep in mind that mosquitoes can spread other diseases as well, such as West Nile. If you have a mosquito problem, call your Freehold exterminator. Contact Allison Pest Control for help getting rid of these pests.
Dealing with itchy mosquito bites can make your summer miserable, but now there’s something else to worry about. The type of mosquitoes that can carry the Zika virus are found in a larger part of the US, including NJ.
Here’s what you should know about the Zika virus and why you shouldn’t hesitate to call our NJ pest control experts if you have a mosquito problem:
• Two mosquito species might be a Zika risk. One species, Aedes aegypti, is known to carry this virus from person to person. The other, known as the Asian tiger mosquito, might transmit it. Both species are found in NJ.
• Zika season might extend beyond summer. The Zika virus isn’t just a concern for summer. Mosquitoes that carry this disease are expected to be active between June and October.
• Zika can cause birth defects, making it a serious threat to pregnant women. The Zika virus is known to cause microcephaly, a severe form of brain damage that causes infants’ heads to be abnormally small.
• Travel between Puerto Rico and NJ is expected to add to Zika concerns. Many people travel to and from Puerto Rico via NJ’s Newark Airport. Puerto Rico has been hit hard by the Zika virus, raising concerns that travelers could unknowingly spread the disease in NJ.
If you have a mosquito problem, contact Allison Pest Control. Our NJ pest control experts can help reduce mosquito populations on your property.