Residents Play an Important Role in Mosquito Control
(Newton, NJ) The Sussex County Division of Health, Office of Mosquito Control, is urging Sussex County residents to protect themselves from mosquitoes and the diseases that they carry by reducing mosquito habitats around their yards. Under the right environmental conditions, 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.
Due to the recent rainfall and flooding, there may be more mosquito-breeding habitats found in private yards 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:
- Clean 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 rainwater.
- Close pools when not in use; pool covers can collect rainwater and provide a habitat for mosquitoes.
Protect Yourself From Mosquito-Borne Diseases! Dump, Drain, and Defend!
For more information on how to protect yourself, your home, or about the products used by the Office of Mosquito Control, please call 973-940-5225 or visit www.sussex.nj.us/mosquito.