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Department: Division of Health

Residents Play an Important Role in Mosquito Control

Release Date: July 05, 2018
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.

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Residents Play an Important Role in Mosquito Control

(Hamburg, NJ) The Sussex County Department of Health and Human Services, 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 (EEE).

Sussex County Freeholder Director Jonathan Rose would like residents to know that "all mosquitoes need water to complete their life cycle. Source reduction, or the elimination of mosquito larval habitat, is the first step in an integrated pest management program for mosquitoes and is the most effective method of preventing mosquito populations and the spread of disease. Please do your part by eliminating standing water around your homes to help protect you and your community from mosquito borne diseases."

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.


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