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Meet the Mosquito

Mosquito Facts

Certain mosquitoes vector or transmit certain diseases such

as Dengue, West Nile, Encephalitis and Malaria, just to name a few. Our mission is the targeting and suppression of a specific mosquito species that may cause illness or discomfort within our control area and with minimal environmental impact.

 

For more information about mosquito-borne diseases as well as about the West Niles virus, please go to our Helpful Links page. Do not hesitate to contact us directly with any questions you may have.

 

To carry out our mission, we count and identify mosquitoes to determine the species and sex (only the female bites). This is accomplished by placing mosquito surveillance traps, called "New Jersey" traps across the District. AIMCD surveys 27 traps, 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Every evening, mosquitoes are attracted by a 25 watt light and then trapped in a container which is retrieved the following morning. These mosquitoes are brought to our lab where they are counted, identified and documented. The data we gather allows us to extrapolate population levels and formulate a plan to deal with the mosquitoes.

How Can You Help

We ask you to help AIMCD fight the mosquito population

by helping control any mosquito breeding grounds found

in your yard and around your home. 

 

Most mosquitoes lay their eggs on standing water.

The eggs hatch in one to two days and within a week, 

a new army of hungry pests are ready to attack.

Follow these simple steps:

 

  • Check to make sure windows and doors have screens to keep out the mosquitoes.

  • Remove any container around the house that holds standing water. Store them upside down so they won't hold any water. Don't forget about those empty bottles,tin cans, dog dishes, bird baths, 5-gallon pails, etc.

  • Change the water weekly in containers that hold flowers and in birdbaths.

  • Remove standing water from boats and any other recreational items.

  • Discard old tires.

  • Add gambusias (mosquito eating fish) to your ponds. Call us and we will bring some out to you.

  • Check and fix outside plumbing leaks. Don't waste water!

Mosquito Life Cycle

To learn more about the mosquito life cycle, please view the embedded video to the right. While we did not prodice the video, we have found it contains excellent information regarding this pesky little species.