FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
CONTACT: Stephen Gruchacz, Administrator
Department of Health and Human Services
973-579-0559 ext. 1227
Residents Play an Important Role in Mosquito Control
(Newton, N.J., April 30, 2007) The Sussex County Division of Health, Office of Mosquito Control is urging people to protect themselves from mosquitoes by reducing mosquito habitats. Under the right environmental conditions, certain species of mosquitoes can develop and emerge as adults in as little as one week becoming quite a nuisance. More importantly, some species of adult mosquitoes can carry and transmit diseases such as West Nile virus (WNV) and Eastern Equine Encephalitis. The state of New Jersey had five human case of WNV in 2006. No human cases were reported in Sussex County.
Due to the recent rainfall and flooding, there may be more mosquito-breeding habitats this year. Small amounts of stagnant water provide an ideal location for mosquitoes to lay their eggs. Residents can play a primary role in mosquito control by eliminating habitats where mosquitoes breed by following these tips:
- Cleaning roof gutters at least annually.
- Remove any unnecessary containers from the property (flower pots/trays, tires, toys, boats, buckets).
- Drain and rinse birdbaths twice a week.
- Aerate and/or stock ornamental ponds with fish.
- Configure tarps to drain any incident rainwater.
- Close pools when not in use. Pool covers can collect rainwater and provide a habitat for mosquitoes.
For more information on how to protect yourself, your home or the products used by the Office of Mosquito Control, please call 973-948-4545 or visit www.sussex.nj.us/mosquito .