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Asian tiger mosquito were found and killed in the Downtown area of Newark

BY lyanne

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Asian tiger mosquito were found and killed in back yard of a downtown brownstone.

Asian tiger mosquitoes bite multiple hosts during their development cycle of the egg, making them particularly efficient at transmitting diseases. The mannerism of biting diverse host species enables the Asian tiger mosquito to be a potential bridge vector for certain pathogens that can jump species boundaries, for example the West Nile virus.

For dog lovers and pet owners, the tiger mosquito is also relevant to veterinary medicine. For example, tiger mosquitoes are transmitters of Dirofilaria immitis, a parasitic round worm that causes heartworm in dogs and cats.

 The control of the Asian tiger mosquitoes begins with destroying the places where they lay their eggs, which are never far from where people are being bitten, since they are weak fliers, with only about a 180-meters (200-yard) lifetime flying radius.  The female lays her eggs near water; not directly into it as other mosquitoes do, but typically near a stagnant pool. However, any open container containing water will suffice for larvae development, even with less than an ounce of water in. It can also breed in running water, so stagnant pools of water are not its only breeding sites. It has a short flight range (less than 200 m), so breeding sites are likely to be close to where this mosquito is found.

Locate puddles that last more than three days, sagging or plugged roof gutters, old tires holding water, litter, bird baths, inlets to sewers and drainage systems holding stagnant water and any other possible containers or pools of standing water. Flower pots, standing flower vases, knotholes and other crevices that can collect water should be filled with sand or fine gravel to prevent mosquitoes from laying their eggs in them. Litter can also hold rain water and should be removed.

Solution: If you have a community garden or a personal garden and use rain barrow to collect water for the plants, make sure top place screen mesh over the top of the barrow, and purchase “Mosquito Dunk”, at your local hardware store, it can be used in fish habitats, placed in containerized standing water wherever it accumulates.  This is an organic product and is safe with no pesticide, that kills mosquito larvae for 30 days or more.   It is safe to be near households, for either flower pots, tree holes, bird bath, roof gutter, rain barrows, old tires, unused swimming pools, and the product is also safe for animal watering troughs.

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