MORRISTOWN, NJ - Spring has brought a lot of rain to Morris County, leading to wet, swampy areas all throughout the county. Morris County's mosquito control teams have been working hard trying to treat and eliminate breeding grounds for mosquito larvae.
“We understand the problems mosquitoes can cause in the day-to-day lives of county residents, especially those living near major wetlands. So, our county mosquito control teams work year-round to deal with major mosquito breeding grounds,’’ said Morris County Freeholder Stephen Shaw.
Although county workers are trying to miminize infestation, they are asking individual property owners to help reduce mosquitos around their homes.
Their advice to homeowners... eliminate all standing water on your property. Check for stagnant water in containers like planters, children's toys, birdbaths, clogged gutters, wheelbarrows, trash can covers, tarps, old tires, construction materials, or unused swimming or wading pools, they suggest. A wheelbarrow filled with water, they said, can result in the infestation of an entire neighborhood. An untended pool can produce a million mosquitoes over the summer and a single soda cap of water can produce 200 mosquitoes every week, they said.
“We can use the public’s help,’’ added Morris County Mosquito Division Superintendent Kristian McMorland. "If everyone would take steps around their own homes to eliminate standing water, it could reduce the number of mosquitoes by many hundreds of thousands, if not millions, where you live.’’
"Mosquitoes spend their juvenile life stage in the aquatic environment and go from egg to adult in about one week during the summer. Since many mosquitoes travel only 1,000 feet from where they spawn, eliminating pockets of water on your property can dramatically improve your own outdoor quality of life," McMorland said.
In addition to the nuisance, mosquitoes also bring the possibility of diseases such as West Nile Virus, Eastern equine and St. Louis encephalitis, which are transmitted through
County officials offer the following advice to reduce mosquito populations:
- At least once a week, empty water from flowerpots, pet food and water dishes, birdbaths, swimming pool covers, buckets, barrels, and cans;
- Check for clogged rain gutters and clean them out;
- Poke holes in trash cans and recycling containers;
- Recycle discarded tires and remove other items that could collect water;
- Check for containers in places that may be hard to see, such as under bushes or under your home;
- Aerate ornamental pools or stock them with fish like fathead minnows;
- Do not allow water gardens to stagnate;
- Clean and chlorinate swimming pools, including those not in use (mosquitoes may even breed in water that collects on pool covers); and
- Dispose of cans, plastic containers, ceramic pots or similar water-holding containers that have accumulated on your property;
For more details on mosquitoes, visit: https://morriscountynj.gov/mosquito/info/
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