Asian tiger mosquitoes posing a nuisance for New Jersey residents

Entomologists and insect control agencies have spoken at length about the prevalence of mosquitoes likely to hit New Jersey this summer. Now that the season has begun, it appears that not only was their prognosis true, but things may even be worse than they thought. Experts are saying that the biggest threat to New Jersey residents in the coming months will be the Asian tiger mosquito.

As local affiliate ABC 7 reports, the black-and-white striped Asian tiger mosquito – first discovered in New Jersey's Monmouth County in 1995 – has been a persistent annoyance to residents due to their preference for daylight hours and human blood.

"The Asian tiger mosquito is an extremely aggressive insect that has largely supplanted japonicus [an insect that feeds mainly on birds] since 2008, especially in urban and suburban areas," Eric Green, a mosquito control officer for Passaic County, tells the source. The threat is compounded by the fact that the Asian tiger mosquito is a known "efficient disease vector, especially for West Nile virus" and their adaptation to the climate makes them increasingly difficult to weed out.

"This is an extremely obnoxious nuisance mosquito," Claudia O'Malley, a biologist with the state mosquito control division, says. "It is impossible to control without concerted effort by homeowners in eliminating the breeding habitat."

Those efforts entail dumping and eliminating any spots on your property that may be gathering water, which serve as the ideal breeding grounds for mosquitoes.

Of course, clearing out your yard of any standing water that attracts mosquitoes won't eliminate the threat as long as others in the area don't follow suit. To protect yourself, invest in one of the many bug zappers we offer at Today's Concept, such as the Stinger BK 300, which guarantees an effective barrier against mosquitoes for up to one-and-a-half acres. For more information, visit our online store today.

New Jersey vigilant for mosquitoes carrying West Nile virus

For Bergen County, New Jersey, the battle lines are being drawn in this summer's fight against mosquitoes. After last year's Hurricane Sandy and this month's Tropical Storm Andrea, the weather has set the stage for what could be a potentially dangerous year for mosquitoes

"We're scrambling," Pete Rendine, chief inspector for the Bergen County Mosquito Control Program, told local affiliate CBS 2. "Right now, I've got crews out trying to larvicide areas; try to get them in the larval stage. But the white flag comes out when you get that much rain; not going [to] get to all the areas."

With more mosquitoes comes a greater risk for the West Nile virus, but the likelihood of a viral outbreak this summer is not that clear yet.

"Primarily, when we're talking West Nile we're talking Culex mosquitoes," said Warren Staudinger, assistant chief inspector. "They're bird biting mosquitoes."

The West Nile virus is transmitted to humans by mosquitoes that had bitten infected birds. There is a lot of anxiety over the possibility as this is the first post-Sandy mosquito season. The superstorm ripped up trees and drenched the ground with water, leaving behind the perfect places for mosquitoes to breed. But while these may sound like the ideal conditions for mosquitoes on paper, it may not result in more West Nile in reality.

"You just don't know," Rendine added. "Like, in some dry years, we've had so much West Nile. In some wet years, we haven't had much West Nile."

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Giant mosquitoes descend on Florida

As we've discussed in this blog before, this summer is gearing up to be a particularly bad season for mosquitoes in the United States. But entomologists predict the worst of it may be coming to Florida, as a wave of purported "mega mosquitoes" have emerged in the Sunshine State, notably in Central Florida. 

According to Click Orlando, a local news affiliate, these insects – known as gallinippers – are 20 times the size of a normal mosquito, leave an especially painful bite and reportedly feel like a small bird when landing on the skin. The outbreak seems to have occurred mainly in Seminole County, where Mosquito Control director Kelly Deutsch attributes the gallinippers' appearance to the recent rains brought on by Tropical Storm Andrea. 

Although gallinippers aren't known to carry harmful viruses, entomologists warn that despite only being as tall as a quarter, they are "notoriously aggressive" and "can bite right through your clothing." Homeowners are urged to take measures in draining standing water in their yards in order to help curb the spread of these mosquitoes.

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With the hot weather comes new wave of mosquitoes and a need for bug zappers

The start of summer brings the kids out of school, families out to the beach and -  to the annoyance of everyone outside - mosquitoes. This year may be an especially bad summer for insect outbreaks, with experts saying weather conditions are just right for wave after wave of mosquitoes. 

Dragon Mosquito Control is a New England organization devoted to preventing the spread of these insects and the diseases they carry. The company's owner, Sarah MacGregor, told the Eagle-Tribune, a regional news publication, that her team discovered a sharp increase in the amount of mosquito larvae over the past week, due to the combination of dry weather, a heat wave and heavy rains on June 2 and 3. Over the 90-degree weekend, Dragon Mosquito Control teams used larvacide to curb the explosion in mosquito larvae activity.

"We saw a pretty rapid development in the population," said MacGregor. "The life cycle of the larvae is usually seven days. But, due to the extreme heat, it was about five days this week." 

While these larvae had not yet hatched, MacGregor expects it to happen within a few days. 

"They don't slow down in the heat," she commented.

This is especially troubling for what experts are believing will be a dry summer that typically promotes the spread of West Nile virus.

"West Nile virus is famous for happening in dry years because the water gets really stagnant in catch basins," said entomologist Michael Morrison. "When that happens, culex mosquito populations are really high, so it has us concerned."

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New Jersey residents should consider mosquito zappers for post-Sandy insect swarm this summer

Hurricane Sandy battered New Jersey into one of the worst natural disaster crises in its history. But while New Jersey residents have picked up the pieces of their lives and rebuilt their beachfront and boardwalks to look forward to another enjoyable summer, the storm has unleashed another way to wreak havoc on the state: Mosquitoes.

Last fall, Sandy ripped a path of destruction, uprooting trees and leaving behind both large holes and tiny nooks and crannies in the ground. These holes have been consequently imbued with pools of standing water, which can serve as ideal habitats for mosquitoes, especially those carrying the West Nile Virus.

With mosquito season set to begin next month, the Mercer County Mosquito Council is mobilizing workers in full force to destroy any potential breeding grounds for the insects, including bird baths or old tires that may be collecting water inside. 

Of particular concern is the Asian tiger mosquito, a potential carrier of the West Nile virus, which council superintendent Ary Farajollahi describes as having become the biggest pest in the state in recent years due to residents' preference to have water features in their yards.

While local and state employees work to curb this outbreak of mosquitoes and potential diseases, you can help yourself and your family this summer by looking into one of the many bug zappers we offer at Todays Concept. Our Stinger BK300 1 1/2 Acre Outdoor Insect Killer is scientifically proven to attract and kill mosquitos within a radius of 1.5 acres. Using a UV black light — demonstrated to eliminate up to 40% more insects than those that use white UV lights — the BK300 is exactly the kind of defense your home will need against this seasonal mosquito wave. 

Struggling to deal with cicadas? A bug zapper may be able to help

Every 17 years, the ominously named Brood II of cicadas invades the Northeast from Washington D.C. to Connecticut. Swarms of these bugs come up out of the ground to mate and give birth to a new generation of the curious insects, which will then go back underground, not to return for another 17 years. Scientists aren't sure why this particular brood of the species comes up after this many years, or how all of the bugs know to emerge at the same time, but the results can be dramatic when it happens. 

Though there are people who find the process fascinating, many others are terrified of cicadas, which invade trees and make mating sounds in order to attract one another. If you're feeling overwhelmed by their presence in your back yard, perhaps a bug zapper is the solution  for you. 

These devices are indiscriminate in the types of insects that they attract, so while they're most commonly used to reduce mosquito populations, they are also effective with cicadas. 

If you're seeking a reliable way to quell your fear of these pests, the Stinger MK100 7 Watt 1/2 Acre Bug Zapper with Sundown Sensor might be just what you need. This product has been specially designed to attract and zap insects within a 1/2 acre perimeter of your house, meaning that you can breathe easy while the cicadas are in town. 

You won't be able to find a reliable Stinger product like this one for a better price. Today's Concept is able to give you access to this incredibly reliable insect killing device for a huge discount over the list price. 

Can I use my mosquito zapper in the rain?

For many families, having a mosquito zapper in the backyard completely transforms the summer season. Rather than staying inside for fear of these pesky insects and their potentially dangerous bites, you can throw caution to the wind and use your backyard every day. These appliances make the outdoor parts of your property a viable option for spending time, enabling you to expand the usable square-footage and luxury of your current arrangement. 

But for many new users of mosquito zappers and similar extermination devices, there are many questions as to when and how often these devices can be used. Since so many people choose to have their zapper on all the time, making the yard an insect-free area day and night, the question of whether these devices can be used in the rain often comes up. 

Because the water could cause a spark and end up starting a fire, it is not recommended that you keep your bug zapper on during a rain storm. Those who are looking to save electricity and reduce their toll on the environment can consider switching their mosquito zapper on 15 to 30 minutes before heading outside. This will help to rid the area around your yard of any pests that might have flown in, but you won't have to worry about the risk of fire the rest of the time. 

A mosquito-free summer is on everyone's mind, which is why popular bug zapping devices are so common. Just make sure to take proper safety precautions when you use yours and enjoy a fun, bite-free summer. 

Find the right mosquito zapper for your porch

For many of us, hanging out on the back porch is one of the most enjoyable parts of the summer season. After all, where else can you relax with a cold drink, read your favorite book and soak up the sun without actually leaving the house. But every time the weather gets warm, the population of mosquitoes exllodes and threatens to ruin the pleasant aspects of this season with itchy bites and the risk of potentially deadly diseases.

Because of these awful pests, many of us stay inside when we would rather be out relaxing in the sunshine and enjoying a cool breeze, venturing out only when we've been appropriately coated in toxic bug spray and staying outdoors for only a little bit of time. 

But if you have a mosquito zapper or similar baiting device, you won't have to worry about these bothersome insects ruining your summer. Simply hook the device up near your porch and allow it to work by attracting and then "zapping" the bugs so that they can't ruin your evening anymore.

The problem with some zappers, however, is that many of these apparatuses were designed for use in a back yard and might be a little too powerful for your porch, since you're not looking to attract every winged pest in the neighborhood – just the ones bothering you. 

An easy repellent like the ThermaCELL Outdoor Lantern will provide a natural mosquito deterrent powered by a butane cartridge and give your porch some light. This is the perfect solution to a smaller space like the porch, providing a 15 x 15 foot comfort zone, and it operates on AA batteries, making it very low-maintenance. 

Mosquito season is already going strong in Michigan

Recently, we've covered the fact that mosquitoes seem to be appearing in the backyards of Americans earlier and earlier every year. Depending on where you are in the country, you might not even get to enjoy the mild weather of spring before these bugs come buzzing by your front door. 

According to local news source WNEM, mosquito season is already well underway in Michigan. Thanks to an early spring and the nickname "The Great Lakes State," residents are already making sure to slather on the bug spray before heading outside in the hopes of diverting these pests from their original path. 

In addition to a mild winter – a known predictor for a bad mosquito year, the area has also been experiencing a rainy, flooded spring, making the entirety of the state an ideal breeding ground for these potentially dangerous insects. Randy Knepper, who represents the Saginaw County Mosquito Abatement Commission, told the publication that this summer could be particularly bad for the bugs. 

While the local area government has begun spraying to try to reduce the population of these pests throughout the state, experts are recommending that homeowners arm themselves against the coming insect onslaught as well. 

Getting a mosquito zapper for your backyard can help to keep these potentially harmful and always obnoxious bugs off your back so that you can enjoy a wonderful summer without staying inside because you're worried that you might get bit by one of these horrible winged insects. Make sure that your home is protected, because with a bad year like this one coming up, you can be sure that the rest of your neighbors will have their prevention in line. 

Make sure you have enough repellant for the whole summer

With the weather getting warmer and more tolerable every day, now is the time to decide to be proactive about the pest problem that you know is going to arise in your backyard. Scientists are already predicting that it will be a record summer for mosquitoes in a number of states because of the unusually warm winter that these areas experienced. 

Especially if you live near standing water like a pond, lake or reservoir, you can all but guarantee a bad summer in terms of bug bites. But there's no sense in letting these nasty pets and the threat of their annoying bites and the diseases they bring keep you inside all season. Instead, make the proactive decision to use a product like a mosquito zapper to keep these nasty insects away before they become a problem. 

Thermacell makes an entire line of incredibly effective and inexpensive options for repelling bugs. Though they work in a number of different styles, these use butane-filled cartridges that naturally confine insects out of a designated vicinity. No matter which one you have, you'll eventually need to refill the butane cartridge that allows it to work. 

That's where the Thermacell Summer Pack comes in. This innovative package contains 10 butane cartridges so you can enjoy a wonderful summer without the worry of a bug in sight. Each cartridge can last up to 12 hours, and with a package of 10, you can afford to install a new one each time you head outside if you wanted to. It's amazing what you can do with 120 hours free from horrible buzzing mosquitoes. 

Don't wait until the insects have made your backyard their home. Instead, do something about it before it becomes a problem.