Changes in the mosquito population in Connecticut State

Connecticut, the southernmost state in the New England region of the United States, is a mixture of coastal cities and rural areas of small towns, known for its century-old ships museums.

However, similar to other states, Connecticut is also on mosquito high alert from march to November. Mosquitoes are most active in the warmer days/ season. The mosquito species begin activity the temperature is consistently above 50 degrees Fahrenheit. With the temperature increase the activity of mosquitoes also increases including breeding and infecting humans and animals with airborne diseases.

West Nile Virus (WNV) fortunately has been isolated from 18 different species in Connecticut contributing to a reduced mortality rate. Out of the remaining five species are implicated as prominent factors of WNV including Culex pipiens, Culex restuans, Culex salinarius, Culiseta melanura, and Aedes vexans. Two of these species manifest on bird blood and are responsible for transmitting the virus among wild bird populations.

On the other hand  Cx. salinarius and Ae. vexans feed on human blood and transmit WNV among horses and humans. Most of the air binge classes are occurring in the lower Fairfield and new haven counties including the Hartford area. These areas are densely populated urban and suburban communities. Moreover, in the past few years, there have been significant changes in the species of mosquitoes that dominate Connecticut in the summers.

Connecticut’s environmental quality control council reported a rise in the mosquito population. The increase in mosquito population included species that carry tropical diseases including malaria, yellow fever, dengue fever, chikungunya fever, and Zika virus.

One of the species which was significantly increased includes tropical diseases carrier, Asian tiger mosquitoes. In 2017, the number of Asian tiger mosquitoes collected in the state doubled in comparison to 2016 statistics. In just a year the population of mosquitoes was breeding twice as much.

The experts explained that the reason behind a significant increase in mosquito breeding was that Connecticut is getting wetter and warmer due to global climate changes.

Connecticut’s statewide mosquito and tapping program director, Philip Armstrong concluded that the spices will continue to increase with climate change while being widely distributed and abundant.

Although the increase in population is alarming, the experts suggested the danger of transmission of tropical diseases is low among the civilians but it will bite you anyhow.

The Asian tiger species is considered a primary pest species found in urban environments that like to feed on people. you can identify a tiger Asian mosquito by its black body with a white single stripe down its back. If you reside near the shoreline between Greenwich and New Haven of Connecticut, then better precautions are recommended for mosquito bite prevention.

Why is the situation concerning?

Not only mosquitoes are utterly annoying but these spices also happen to be harmful to our health and skin. The majority of us have scratched out the skin to the bleeding point because of a mosquito bite.

Although only 52 out of 2,500 species are found in Connecticut and half of these are considered pest species (harmful) to humans and livestock. With the multiplying population of several pest species, it has become necessary to take more precautionary measures to eliminate the health hazard risk.

While most individuals at mildly active seasons of mosquitoes only rely on repellents, this has contributed to the growing number of airborne disease cases. Repellents provide only a few hours of protection (max 4-8 hours).

What is the solution to the changing circumstances of the mosquito population?

The solution to keeping your family healthy and safe during the active mosquito season we recommended to keep your surrounding free from the mosquito inhabitant. Female mosquitoes lay at least 100 eggs in water and breed thrice pers week, additionally, the life cycle of a mosquito is around 14 days from breeding to an active adult.

As the primary precautionary measure, eliminate all kinds of water digs and ponds near your home as much as you can to eliminate the chances of breeding. Twice a week change water on the bird feeder, or any other water container that resides outdoors for the animals.

Keep your house ventilators covered and use repellents to keep the mosquitoes at bay.

On the secondary use the mosquito spray services to keep your house protected, even if there are no signs of open water. Mosquitoes travel miles to feed on blood for breeding and are especially attracted to open areas.

Reach out to Mosquito Yard Service Connecticut for organic solutions throughout the mosquito season. Mosquito yard services provide consultation on the spray session your house/ area might need. One of the benefits of organic solutions is that you don’t need to worry about the long-lasting effects of chemicals on health. Organic solutions are  children, pets, plants, and human friendly with no effects at all.

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