Heavy rain, standing water contribute to growing mosquito population

Experts say mosquitoes are already out in force this season because of the unusual amount of rainfall across the state.

Experts say mosquitoes are already out in force this season because of the unusual amount of rainfall across the state. (6/19/13)

PARAMUS - Experts say mosquitoes are already out in force this season because of the unusual amount of rainfall across the state.

The issue is compounded in areas hard hit by Sandy, where unused swimming pools and other debris have created breeding grounds.

Pete Rendine, of Bergen County Mosquito Control, says they are having a difficult time keeping up with the mosquitoes this year. He says crews are spraying swampy areas with an organic insecticide that kills the larva.

Rendine says that residents must also do their part by eliminating any standing water in their yards after it rains.

The experts also recommend using mosquito repellent and wearing long sleeves whenever possible.

There are 63 different species of mosquitoes in New Jersey. So far this year, there have been no reports of the West Nile virus in the Garden State.
 

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