A New Mosquito inhabits New Mexico with Risk of Mosquito Disease

mosquito on skin

Do you get the feeling that mosquitoes are a bit more active this year? More itching than usual? That is likely because there’s a new mosquito in town (or rather the state), and it is noted to be more aggressive where bites are concerned. The mosquito Aedes aegypti is Las Cruces’ newest resident, and it might be bringing some deadly baggage in the form of mosquito diseases.

Aedes aegypti and Mosquito Diseases

Mosquitoes are not only annoying but can quickly spread diseases, causing epidemics of some pretty nasty ones in a short time. Aedes aegypti is not the mosquito we want living next door to us. This mosquito is the primary source of transmission of four deadly diseases. Zika, Chikungunya, dengue fever, and yellow fever are all easily spread from human to human with a bite from Aedes aegypti.

Another big annoyance with this mosquito is that it is “human-focused” and will avoid biting animals. This is how they can spread diseases so quickly. This is also why there is a rising concern with Aedes aegypti moving in. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said it was unlikely for this particular mosquito to be in the area. It now has become a matter of time before an epidemic starts, resulting in numerous sick with one of these dangerous diseases.

To learn more about mosquito-borne diseases, visit our informational page or visit our most common mosquito-borne diseases in Las Cruces page.

The Blessing… and the Curse

Aedes aegypti’s biggest weakness is it cannot survive in cold environments. Higher elevations could be inhospitable to these mosquitoes, but with the current climate change, that time may be limited. As it stands right now, mosquito season lasts weeks longer nearly every year. Mosquito season often was measured roughly from Memorial Day to Balloon Fiesta. But now, it has been documented as starting in early May and lasting until November.

Unfortunately for us, Aedes aegypti has several substantial advantages. This mosquito wants to be where the people are. It will actively avoid lower populated areas in favor of cities and suburbs. Not only do they need higher populated areas, but they will also seek homes they can get into or keep close to for when the cold season picks up. If they can get into a home or shelter where it won’t be so cold, they’ll be ready for spring to start biting again.

Aedes aegypti Needs Little Water

Another issue with the Aedes aegypti is that they do not need large bodies of water to repopulate. A child’s toy can hold enough water to allow them to breed quickly. What’s worse is that dumping the water might not even stop the eggs from hatching, even if the Aedes aegypti’s eggs dry out. To help prevent these mosquitoes from getting the upper hand, follow Mosquito Squad’s 7 T’s of Mosquito Control. By reducing the places where they can rest and repopulate, you’ll be able to curb their population around your home and help protect your family from the potential dangers these mosquitoes can carry.

When You’re Ready for Mosquito Control, Call on Mosquito Squad of Las Cruces

To add an extra layer of protection around your home from Aedes aegypti and other mosquitoes and even ticks, contact Mosquito Squad for all of your mosquito control needs. With our most popular and reliable mosquito control option, our Traditional Mosquito Barrier Treatment will create an invisible barrier around your yard. This treatment is long-lasting for up to 21 days and will reduce the mosquito population by up to 90%!

With this new species being so aggressive and becoming more common in Las Cruces, start with the 7 Ts of mosquito control to reduce mosquito breeding areas. Call Mosquito Squad of Las Cruces for all of your mosquito control needs. Our traditional barrier treatment can reduce mosquitoes by up to 90% on your property. Contact us online for a free quote today.