State warns residents of bloodsucking swarms of pests

Experts are putting residents on alert to an aggressive, bloodsucking pest on the rise in New Jersey.

The Middlesex County Mosquito Control Commission says the black Asian Tiger mosquito's numbers are surging in the Garden State. A bite from the insect can cause brain swelling and other problems.

The insect thrives in containers like bird baths and tree holes, as mosquitoes breed in still water. The Middlesex County Mosquito Control Commission injects bacteria into pools of water in attempts to regulate the species and kill the larva of mosquitoes.

New Jersey regulators say controlling the pests in the state is a huge task. According to the commission, there are 63 species of mosquitoes in New Jersey.

Residents are advised to make sure rain water doesn?t collect after it falls, otherwise the pests can hatch within days. The lifespan for some female mosquitoes is only two weeks, but the insect can lay more than 200 eggs in that lifetime.

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