Nothing ruins a summer cookout more than unwanted guests – and I’m not talking about that one aunt who pinches your cheeks too hard when she kisses you hello!
As summer starts next month, the heat is building and we warm-weather lovers continue to spend more and more time outdoors. So don’t let mosquitoes crash your party! The more you know about this difficult and persistent pest, the better you’ll understand how to reduce its presence in and around your backyard.
The Prevalence of Mosquitoes in New Jersey
Mosquitoes are a common nuisance and a significant health hazard, especially in New Jersey, where over 60 species of these blood-sucking insects have been documented.
Despite their many differences, all mosquito species share a four-stage life cycle consisting of the egg, larva, pupa, and adult stages. This life cycle takes place in standing water, which is why removing or treating standing water sources is a crucial component of mosquito control. Mosquitoes can breed in even small amounts of standing water, such as in flowerpots, buckets, and other containers.
Since mosquitoes can rapidly reproduce and spread, recurring treatments are often necessary to keep these pests under control. Pest control professionals typically use a combination of larvicides and adulticides to target mosquitoes at different life stages and reduce their population.
Interestingly, male mosquitoes do not bite humans or animals. Instead, they feed on plant nectar and other sources of sugar. It is only the female mosquitoes that require a blood meal to produce eggs. They detect their prey by sensing carbon dioxide and other chemicals that humans and animals exhale.
Preventing mosquito bites is essential for avoiding mosquito-borne illnesses. Residents of New Jersey can reduce their risk of exposure to mosquitoes by wearing long-sleeved shirts and pants, using insect repellents, and avoiding outdoor activities during peak mosquito hours, which are typically at dawn and dusk. Additionally, homeowners can eliminate standing water sources around their property, such as clogged gutters and birdbaths, to reduce mosquito breeding sites.
In summary, mosquitoes are a common problem in New Jersey, with over 60 species documented in the state. Despite their many differences, all mosquito species share a four-stage life cycle and require standing water for breeding. Regular treatments and source reduction are the most effective methods of mosquito control. By taking steps to prevent mosquito bites and eliminate breeding sites, residents of New Jersey can reduce their risk of exposure to these pests and the diseases they may carry.
Preventing Mosquito Breeding
Mosquitoes are highly adaptable and can lay their eggs in a lot of different environments. While the specific areas chosen for breeding sites vary depending on the mosquito species, there are commonalities.
In general, mosquitoes prefer areas that are damp, shady, and still, making standing water a prime target for egg-laying. This can include bird baths, fountains, swimming pools, and even clogged gutters or drains. Any location where water can accumulate and remain still for several days can serve as a potential breeding ground for mosquitoes. Even an object as small as an upside-down bottle cap could provide a home to new mosquito larvae!
Different mosquito species have their own breeding site preferences. Some species lay their eggs in small containers close to human habitation, while others prefer large bodies of water such as swamps or marshes. Therefore, it’s essential to consult with a pest control professional to develop a customized mosquito control plan tailored to your specific location and the species of mosquitoes that are present.
Getting Rid of Mosquitoes
If you find that you are still experiencing mosquito bites after getting rid of breeding sites, it may be time to consider professional mosquito management services.
Calling in the pros like TermiGuard Services can provide you with a comprehensive solution to your mosquito problem. A routine mosquito management program can provide you with peace of mind and the reassurance that you’re doing everything possible to protect your family and property.
Professional pest control services use specialized techniques and equipment to target mosquito breeding sites and control them effectively.
Moreover, professional mosquito management programs typically involve multiple treatments, which can help ensure that the treatment is working effectively and that mosquito populations are kept under control. Mosquitoes reproduce rapidly, and a single missed breeding site can quickly lead to a resurgence in their population.
Hiring a professional also provides you with a second set of eyes on your property, ensuring that all potential breeding sites are being addressed and that your mosquito control efforts are getting the best results. This can be particularly helpful if you have a large property or if you’re struggling to identify and eliminate all potential breeding sites.
Contact us today if you’d like to learn more about our pest control programs; our goal is to help you live outdoors again!