Mosquitoes – the most studied insect in the world, known as a nuisance factor to us all. Between 1800 and 1900, there was no organized form of mosquito control in New Jersey, leaving huge mosquito hoards to attack the East Coast, especially Cape May County… The "patriarch" of the beginning of mosquito control in New Jersey is known as Dr. John B. Smith of Rutgers University. Smith was not a classically trained entomologist; he began his professional career in law, but he got tired of this quickly. His intense interest in all things entomological eventually led to his employment at Rutgers where he first tackled agricultural pest problems facing New Jersey’s farmers, creating his vision of mosquito control in New Jersey… The mosquito scourge in New Jersey was so vast in the late 1800s that most individuals at the time believed that controlling mosquitoes was preposterous. But Smith believed otherwise, and in 1900 he successfully secured a small sum of money from the New Jersey Agricultural Experiment Station (NJAES) for a preliminary investigation into the mosquito problem.
/ / 100 Years of Mosquito Control in Cape May County