MOSQUITO SPRAYING NJ
Plant Solutions NJ provides mosquito spraying services because no one likes the idea of being bitten by mosquitoes, midges or gnats. climate conditions, especially in New Jersey are becoming increasingly more hospitable to mosquitoes. Bites are irritating and although not as painful as being stung, mosquito bites are very itchy causing a lot of discomfort. There are more than 30 native mosquito species in the New Jersey, some of which bite (such as Culex molestus) and others like Culex pipiens that are just a general nuisance and do not carry disease. However there are those that do in the state of New Jersey that can threaten human life.
Last year in 2020:
Last year, mosquitoes from 365 pools tested positive for West Nile virus. This is down significantly from 2019 when 1,325 pools sampled were found to contain mosquitoes with West Nile virus.
Last year in New Jersey, 203,146 mosquitoes collected from more than 10,000 pools were tested for viruses. Of those, 73 pools across 13 counties had mosquitoes that carried the EEE virus. That was higher than the previous six years.
Eight people in New Jersey tested positive for West Nile virus, and seven of them required an average of 10 days hospitalization, according to the state Department of Health. While most people infected with West Nile Virus show no symptoms, about 1 in 150 people with the infection develop serious, and sometimes fatal, symptoms, according to the CDC.
MOSQUITO PREVENTION CHECKLIST
When you reduce the opportunities of being bitten by mosquitoes, you greatly reduce the chances of irritation from mosquito bites, possible allergic reactions and secondary infections from scratching. Below are some simple tips:
Indoor mosquito control: limit the opportunities for mosquitoes to breed, by removing stagnant / standing water in plant pots, vases etc… and install insect screens to windows and doors.
Outdoor mosquito control: check areas such as guttering for blockages that could leave pools of stagnant water or dregs in watering cans, over watered plant pots, outside pet water bowls, even paddling pools and drain away the standing water, cover water butts with tight fitting lids to prevent mosquito larvae, if you have a pond try adding goldfish who will eat the mosquito larvae.
UNDERSTANDING MOSQUITO BEHAVIOR
What time of year do mosquitoes come out in the New Jersey? - They prefer warm, yet damp conditions so with the variable weather mosquitoes can be prevalent from warm spring showers in April through to damp, but mild conditions in October.
What time of day do mosquitoes bite? - Mosquito activity varies between species, but most in New Jersey will search for a blood feed at dawn and at dusk (twilight) in line with their internal body clock.
Why are mosquitoes attracted to me? - There are a variety of factors that attract mosquitoes - high contrast colors attract them, as their compounded eyes are fragmented so less focused, only seeing their prey from about 20 – 30 feet away. Mosquitoes also use thermal sensors to detect and hone in on body heat. The greatest attractant for mosquitoes is our odor; a female mosquito can smell body odor and exhaled carbon dioxide from up to 170 feet away.
Where and when do mosquitoes breed in New Jersey? - Mosquitoes are usually active in New Jersey for six to seven months of the year. They will often start to breed in April if conditions are warm and wet enough, potentially through to late September. Female mosquitoes can lay up to 200 eggs at a time, but need areas of standing / stagnant or slow-moving water in which to lay their eggs.
How and where can you spot mosquito eggs? - Mosquito eggs are small and black – looking like small pumpkin seeds. They can be spotted in small batches, floating at the edge of ponds, water butts (without lids), garden pots and containers, or even pet water bowls.
ANATOMY OF A MOSQUITO
NEW JERSEY MOSQUITO SPRAYING