Summer nearing an end, but CBS news recently reported that New Jersey is under attack by the Asian Tiger Mosquito. Named for its striped black and white legs, the Asian tiger mosquito is aggressive and out for blood all day long. They reported that all the recent rain in Northern New Jersey has made our backyards a perfect breeding ground for mosquitoes. A home owner can take preventative measures to eliminate mosquito breeding grounds around their property, and ultimately keep the mosquitoes from biting.
“Not only can mosquitoes leave a painful, itchy bite, but they are also known to spread dangerous diseases like West Nile virus to humans,” said Bernard Holst, Jr. at Horizon Pest Control. “With last year being the deadliest year on record for West Nile virus in the United States, according to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), it’s crucial for people to take precautions against another possible outbreak this summer.”
The National Pest Management Association (NPMA), a nonprofit organization committed to the protection of public health, food and property from household pests, offers the following mosquito prevention tips:
· Eliminate areas of standing water around the home such as flowerpots, birdbaths, baby pools, grill covers and other objects where water collects. Mosquitoes need only about ½ inch of water to breed.
· Screen all windows and doors. Repair even the smallest tear or hole.
· Minimize outside activity between dusk and dawn, when mosquitoes are most active.
· If you must spend time outdoors during peak mosquito times, wear long pants, sleeves and socks. Also, use an insect repellent containing DEET, picaridin or IR3535.
· Avoid wearing dark colors and floral prints, loose-fitting garments, open-toe shoes and sweet-smelling perfumes or colognes.
If you suspect you have an infestation, contact a licensed pest professional to identify the species and recommend a course of treatment.