FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Herbert J. Yardley, Administrator/Health Officer
Department of Environmental and Public Health Services
973-579-0370 Ext. 1245
Mosquito Control More Critical Now Than Ever
The potential for increased rainfalls during the latter part of the hurricane season is expected to affect Sussex County's mosquito populations. These conditions could also result in the spread of mosquito-borne illnesses, such as West Nile Virus, causing many residents to be concerned about their health and safety.
The Sussex County Department of Environmental and Public Health Services Office of Mosquito Control is tasked with limiting the spread of mosquitoes that cause disease among humans and animals, and currently has more to do with a smaller pool of resources. They continually work to assemble available resources to combat these public health threats and minimize human/mosquito contact.
Mosquito control methods utilized by the Office of Mosquito Control are designed to be the safest, most comprehensive and effective available. Our control program consists of such efforts as public education, habitat modification, use of predator fish, and, when appropriate and surveys indicate the need, application of mosquito larvicides and adulticides specifically evaluated and registered by the EPA for mosquito abatement.
In the meantime, individuals can do their part by eliminating or treating mosquito breeding habitats around their homes, including discarded tires, unwashed bird baths, clogged rain gutters and unused plastic wading pools. Please report sightings of dying or dead birds to the Sussex County Department of Environmental and Public Health Services, at 973-579-0370, or the Office of Mosquito Control, at 973-948-4545.
People should also take steps to prevent bites by wearing long-sleeved clothing and applying EPA-registered repellents such as DEET, picaridin, IR3535 and oil of lemon-eucalyptus. For more information about mosquito control efforts and education, visit our website at www.sussex.nj.us/mosquito.