Mosquitoes are more than just a nuisance. Worldwide, mosquitoes cause more human deaths every year than any other animal. Over half a million people die each year from Malaria alone, mostly children. Mosquitoes and the diseases they transmit have conquered armies, prevented development in some countries, and caused enormous financial loss. In the United States mosquitoes transmit several diseases such as West Nile virus, Eastern equine encephalitis, Saint Louis encephalitis, Lacrosse encephalitis, and dog heartworm.
Approximately 30 species of mosquitoes occur in Hudson County. Some mosquitoes appear as early as March, but the peak mosquito season is from June through August. Mosquito populations are greatly influenced by weather with hot wet conditions being optimal for mosquito production. While not all mosquitoes bite humans, many do. Our job is to reduce the numbers of mosquitoes, not only to improve the comfort of the citizens of Hudson County, but to protect their health as well.