Mosquito season is quickly approaching, and there is no doubt that Cream Ridge, NJ homeowners are buzzing with questions about mosquito services and prevention. While you may have questions such as “where do mosquitoes breed, or how to prevent mosquito bites,”rest assured Cooper Pest Solutions is here to help clear up your most common questions from Zika virus to mosquito biology.
There are two main types of mosquitoes that are common to the Allentown, NJ area: the Asian tiger mosquito and the common house mosquito. Read below to find out more.
Aedes albopictus (Asian tiger mosquito)
Identification: 1/8 inch in length, tiger-like white stripes across its entire body, long white stripe running down the top of its thorax differentiates itself from the yellow fever mosquito
Location: Native to Southeast Asia, currently spread through the USA including the Cream Ridge, NJ area
Risks: Carriers of Zika virus, West Nile virus, dengue fever, and Chikungunya
Culex pipiens (Common House Mosquito or Northern House Mosquito)
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Identification: 3-7 millimeters in length, brown body with a white band on top that is widest along the midline
Location: Throughout temperate zones of North America, Europe, and Asia, including the Allentown, NJ area
Risks: Carriers of encephalitis virus, West Nile virus
Why do mosquitoes bite?
Surprisingly, not all mosquitoes bite. Solely females are responsible for the itchy spots you get in the summer. Taking blood from a human host allows the female to produce healthy eggs as part of their natural reproductive cycle each summer. Mosquitoes breed almost constantly during their short lifespan, requiring fresh blood about every two days. As humans, our prime exposure to mosquito life is getting bit and swatting at these flying pests while outside. Yet interestingly enough, mosquitoes’ main source of nourishment is nectar from growing flowers.
Female mosquitoes lay their eggs in water, marshes, swamps or anywhere that has sufficient moisture for their eggs which is why you are more likely to see mosquitoes where stagnant water is present. These areas include: near your pool, gutters, tires, bird baths, kiddie pools, areas that gather pools of rain, or other water fixtures. Mosquitoes can live anywhere from as little as a week to as long as several months, with some species able to overwinter as adults. This makes mosquito prevention for Cream Ridge, NJ homeowners nearly impossible without the intervention of pest control professionals.
How do mosquitoes spread diseases?
Mosquitoes are carriers of several diseases such as dengue virus, West Nile virus, malaria, chikungunya, and Zika virus. By feeding off of several hosts in their lifetime, blood from separate hosts can spread in a moment. Diseases that are not indigenous to the United States such as malaria can be spread by individuals traveling from different countries. According to the CDC, “Malaria occurs in more than 100 countries and territories. About half of the world's population is at risk. Large areas of Africa and South Asia and parts of Central and South America, the Caribbean, Southeast Asia, the Middle East, and Oceania are considered areas where malaria transmission occurs.”
Fortunately, there are ways for you to enhance mosquito protection in the Cream Ridge, NJ area. The use of repellents is often an effective way to temporarily protect areas of exposed skin while spending time outside where mosquitoes are present. When choosing an insect repellent, be sure only to select products that contain DEET since this is currently referred to as the most effective ingredient for short-term mosquito protection available to consumers. Keeping skin completely covered is your best defense against mosquito bites.
Should I be worried about Zika in Cream Ridge, NJ?
Zika is a virus spread by infected mosquitoes and then passed when an infected individual comes in contact with blood from another person.
The CDC warns: “Many people infected with Zika virus won’t have symptoms or will only have mild symptoms. Symptoms can last for several days to a week. People usually don’t get sick enough to go to the hospital, and they very rarely die of Zika. Once a person has been infected with Zika, they are likely to be protected from future infections.”
The most common symptoms of Zika are:
- Joint pain
- Red eyes
Other symptoms include:
- Muscle pain
Map of reported Zika cases by state
Photo Credit: Center for Disease Control
The Zika virus is not currently a rising issue in the northeast United States or specifically in the Allentown, New Jersey area at this time. Follow us on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/cooperpest/ to stay up to date on the latest Zika virus news as it becomes available.
Does Cooper Pest Solutions offer a mosquito service in Cream Ridge, NJ?
Professional mosquito control becomes necessary when you constantly are experiencing high levels of discomfort from mosquito bites. Cooper Pest Solutions can tackle the most stubborn problems and provides expertise hat your average “mosquito Joe” or the local mosquito company near you can’t. Our signature Mosquito Free Program is designed to help you enjoy your yard, bite free this summer. With our service, you can finally enjoy your deck and backyard without worrying about getting covered in itchy welts.
Our Bite-Free Mosquito Program is also ideal for events such as graduation parties, bonfires, barbeques, family parties, and more! Cooper Pest Solutions is here to help so your guests can enjoy themselves. We understand that your guests would much rather create wonderful memories instead of being annoyed by mosquitoes the whole time.
Are you ready to get rid of mosquitoes at your Cream Ridge, NJ home? Trust Cooper Pest Solutions, the mosquito authority of New Jersey and Pennsylvania, to solve your pest problems quickly and efficiently.
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