National Mosquito Control Awareness Week is June 24 to 30, 2012.
Ask not what Mosquito Control can do for you, but what you can do for Mosquito Control.
The Sussex County Office of Mosquito Control has had a very active spring season, while the amount of rainfall did not increase till recently, staff was still vigilant in surveying potential and existing breeding sites. To date staff has performed 1100 site inspections, as well as treated close to 3000 acres with mosquito larvicide products to reduce adult mosquito populations. This includes an aerial application performed at the end of April for 2500 acres in the Hampton, Hopatcong, Newton, Lafayette, Wantage and Vernon areas.
As we enter the summer months, in addition to responding to service requests, staff will also focus on Disease Surveillance by setting up traps to capture adult mosquitoes. These trap samples are then prepared for testing by the State Health Department labs for West Nile Virus (WNV). Positive WNV samples help to set priority for which communities would receive adulticiding (truck spraying) if the need should arise. Last year's WNV trap data is posted on our website at: http://www.sussex.nj.us/Cit-e-Access/webpage.cfm?TID=7&TPID=1569
So what can you do to help? While the Sussex County Mosquito Control Office is focusing on the natural environment, we need you to help eliminate the Man-made sources (containers) of stagnant water in which mosquitoes can breed. Survey your own properties for standing water. On a weekly basis empty pails, change bird bath water, make sure gutters are clean and flowing, shake off tarps protecting wood piles to let any water drain out. Take advantage of your municipalities bulk clean up days by removing solid waste which holds water such as tires, scrap metal, etc. If you store a boat, make sure it doesn't hold water. All mosquitoes need is a bottle cap of water and about 5 days to wreak havoc around your home. For more information please check our website at: http://www.sussex.nj.us/Cit-e-Access/webpage.cfm?TID=7&TPID=3454
Notifications: The Sussex County Mosquito Control Office now uses the "Outbound 911" system (similar to what schools use to notify parents of snow days and school closings) to notify residents of a specific community we will be adulticiding in their area the following day. The system, managed by the Sussex County Sheriff's Office of Emergency Management, uses the land line assigned to a specific address. Important: If you do not have a land line or would like to add your cell phone number to the system, please go to the Sussex County Sheriff's website to complete a registration form or register online. http://www.sussexcountysheriff.com/community/community_alerts/
Do your part to Fight the Bite!!