Zika Virus Spreading Yellow Fever Mosquito Control in Rockaway NJ; Remove Standing Water & Other Pest Prevention Tips
With the summer months right around the corner the potential threat of mosquito borne viruses including the Zika virus are becoming more and more imminent. Researchers indicate that many areas of the United States experienced some of the warmest winters ever recorded. If a wet spring follows it could become the perfect environment for mosquitoes to breed and reproduce increasing the number of offspring tenfold. Mosquitoes need two things to ensure their survival, warm weather and nice wet places to breed. According to entomologists, months of unseasonably mild temperatures will increase the reproduction of certain types of mosquitoes including the yellow fever mosquito (Aedes aegypti) which is known to spread the Zika virus along with many other vector borne diseases and viruses. In some areas of the country including New Jersey, cold winters and snow had a tendency to inhibit the mosquito population because it was too cold for larvae to emerge and develop into adult mosquitoes. Many experts now believe that the warmer weather will cause a season that will be notably accelerated; in fact some of the eggs are already weeks ahead of producing larvae.
Mosquito Borne Zika Virus
The mosquito-borne Zika virus which has been associated with birth defects in Brazil along with other health issues including paralysis has recently been found to also be sexually transmitted. All of these combined factors have researchers on high alert. While temperatures are a huge factor, so is rainfall. If New Jersey experiences a very dry season the way it has in past years it would keep mosquito populations at manageable levels. Mosquitoes need water to lay eggs, so less rain means lower mosquito populations.
Mosquito Control; Remove Standing Water Sources
The Department of Environmental Protection, which is first and forefront in the fight against mosquitoes and which also facilitates the mosquito control commission, states that water is the main factor in allowing for mosquitoes to reproduce. Both state and county officials urge home and business owners to eliminate standing water sources from around their property. All it takes is a small amount of water in a bird bath, a discarded tire, trash can lid or pet bowl to create the perfect breeding ground for mosquitoes.
Merlin’s Pest Control provide the following list of tips to pest proof your yard against the threat of mosquitoes
• Remove Standing Water Sources. Along with tires and other water receptacles, don’t forget kid’s toys, wading pools and anything else that can hold water. Keep these items flipped over or turned on their sides so they can’t fill with water. Many species of mosquito including the yellow fever mosquito have adapted to living close to humans and can lay eggs in the smallest amounts of water including bottle caps.
• Cover Up Tightly. If you are using a tarp or other covering to cover up firewood, an outdoor grill or any other large items, make sure it is pulled tight. If not, rainwater can pool and become trapped in the folds. If the covering is unable to be pulled tight, remove it completely to allow the water to properly drain.
• Maintain Landscape. Trees and plants planted close to your home provide shade and housing for mosquitoes. Stagnant water and organic materials including leaves provide mosquitoes with everything needed to not only breed but also survive. Keeping your lawn cut regularly and the trees and shrubs cut back will give mosquitoes fewer opportunities to find places to breed.
Mosquito Inspections, Prevention, Control & Removal in Bridgewater, Rockaway, Denville, Parsippany-Troy Hills & Northern New Jersey
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