Mosquito Biology and Control

Information for Residents



Aedes albopictus mosquito.

Aedes albopictus, the Asian tiger mosquito,
is capable of transmitting Zika, however the virus has not been found in NJ mosquitoes.

 

Watch a video about reducing mosquitoes in your yard

Zika Information

From the Center for Vector Biology

From State of New Jersey Department of Health

From CDC

From WHO

American Society for Microbiology

Other mosquito-borne Diseases

Unlike Zika, these pathogens are transmitted in NJ and cases occur every year:

Recommendations for Residents

The type of mosquitoes and their impact on your daily activities will vary, depending on where you live in New Jersey. For instance, in heavily urbanized areas, residents will more likely be affected by pesky container breeders, while in coastal areas the salt marsh mosquito will be most prevalent and annoying.

containers in an urban backyard salt marsh

Mosquitoes occur in a range of habitats.

No matter where you live, there are some general guidelines we can all follow to minimize the incidence of mosquitoes and our exposure to the diseases they transmit:

Rutgers' Role

Rutgers' role in mosquito control is directed through the Center for Vector Biology, which provides research and information to the residents of New Jersey about insects, including mosquitoes, and the diseases they carry and transmit. Rutgers works closely with the county mosquito control programs, which perform the vast majority of the applied suppression services for state residents. The Center also partners with New Jersey counties and state government, including the departments of Agriculture, Environmental Protection, and Health and Senior Services. Learn more about the various organizations involved with NJ mosquito control.

Headlee labs building

Headlee Research Labs, on Cook Campus, has been a hub for mosquito activities in NJ since it was built in 1960.

The Center for Vector Biology continues the mission set out by J.B. Smith when he pioneered professional mosquito control at NJAES in the early 1900’s:

Visit the links above for more information about CVB efforts in each of these areas.


  1. Rutgers
  2. Executive Dean of Agriculture and Natural Resources
  3. School of Environmental and Biological Sciences