Still bites? Mosquito season lasts longer in NJ



We’re not the only ones enjoying the milder-than-usual October in New Jersey this year.

Mosquitoes still hang out comfortably – due to the rainfall that has flooded parts of the Garden State in recent weeks, and a wider trend that has created a longer mosquito season.

“Extended seasons are a real problem that we’re just going to have to deal with,” said Scott Crans, administrator of the New Jersey Office of Mosquito Control Coordination, part of the State Department of Environmental Protection.

With a general warming of the climate, Crans said, species of mosquitoes that typically hang out further south are gradually progressing north into New Jersey and elsewhere.

New Jersey is home to over 60 different species of mosquitoes. At least three alien species have made their home here, Crans said.

“It’s getting harder and harder to deal with these mosquitoes all season long,” Crans said. “When you have a year like this, mosquitoes are everywhere and the programs have to work everywhere.”

New Jersey counties were spraying mosquitoes just days ago, according to press releases.

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A bad year for mosquitoes was predicted before the summer of 2021. To make matters worse, Ida’s remains in early September dumped several inches of rain in the northern and western parts of the state, creating an ideal environment for many. species that call New Jersey. residence.

“The frequency of the rains kept these puddles moist, so it’s really good for the permanent water mosquitoes, and then the container species have also done really well because of the constant rain that fills all of those man-made containers,” Crans said.

Stagnant water in something as small as a bottle cap can serve as breeding ground for mosquitoes.

“The season starts earlier and lasts a little longer, it’s just a challenge in general,” said Crans. “It gives mosquitoes more time to catch a virus, amplify it and spread it.”

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