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Office of Mosquito Control Urges Residents to Support Mosquito Control Efforts
Release Date: May 18, 2007

CONTACT: Stephen Gruchacz, Administrator
Department of Health and Human Services
973-579-0559 Ext. 1227

Sussex County Office of Mosquito Control
Urges Residents to Support Mosquito Control Efforts

(Newton, N.J., May 18, 2007) The Sussex County Division of Health is urging homeowners to check their property for low-lying areas and yard items that hold standing water, which is where mosquitoes prefer to lay their eggs. Some mosquitoes can transmit West Nile virus and Eastern Equine Encephalitis. “Mosquito populations can emerge from very small amounts of water if that water is allowed to stagnate. Typical breeding sites involve stagnant water in low areas, drainage ditches, tires, bird baths, buckets, gutters, boats, flower pots and especially pool covers,” said Jennifer Gruener, Superintendent of the Sussex County Office of Mosquito Control. “People should pay particular attention to those areas and keep them dry. It is important to support local mosquito prevention and control efforts.”

Other items to check for during the spring spruce-up include:

  • Do not let water stand on swimming pool covers or other tarps covering outdoor items, such as woodpiles, boats, etc.
  • Make sure screens on windows and doors are in good repair.
  • Clean fallen leaves and other debris out of gutters and spouting.
  • Keep birdbaths and pet bowls clean. Flush with clear water and clean out at least once per week.
  • Stock ornamental ponds with minnows. Use appropriately labeled products to control mosquito larvae.

For more information or assistance with mosquito control efforts, visit www.sussex.nj.us/mosquito, or call the Sussex County Office of Mosquito Control at (973) 948-4545.


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