Health & Wellness

Ways to Protect Yourself from Mosquitoes

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Get rid of standing water on your property. Credits: hillsboroughcounty.com.
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MIDDLESEX COUNTY, NJ - Did you know that June 24 - 30 is “National Mosquito Control Awareness Week”? ​The Middlesex County Mosquito Extermination Commission has been inspecting and treating mosquito sites throughout the County and is offering advice to residents on curbing the mosquitoes in their yards. Now is a good time of year to find and remove areas of standing water where mosquitoes are likely to breed.

 

Dr. Deepak Matadha, Superintendent of the Mosquito Extermination Commission, said: “To end the discomfort and disease that mosquitoes can spread, residents need to practice good water sanitation by eliminating standing or stagnant water from their property, since this is where mosquitoes lay their eggs.” 

“Our Commission has done a great job educating our residents while keeping them safe,” said Freeholder Shanti Narra, Chair of the County’s Public Safety and Health Committee and liaison to the Mosquito Extermination Commission. “We’d like you to remember their advice and eliminate problem areas around your residence to help ward off mosquitoes.”

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Be watchful of these areas and make your yard a mosquito-free zone by:

·         Disposing of any scrap tires that hold water.

·         Checking and emptying water that collects in children’s toys, buckets, rain barrels, boats, wading pools or pool covers.

·         Repairing leaky outdoor faucets.

·         Avoiding the use of corrugated drain pipes off of downspouts or covering them with flexible screening.

·         Making sure ornamental ponds contain fish to eat the immature mosquitoes.

·         Ensuring any overflowing septic or wastewater systems are repaired as soon as possible.

 

“I hope you will take the time to share these tips with friends and family for National Mosquito Control Awareness Week,” said Middlesex County Freeholder Director Ronald G. Rios. “Due to recent storms, the County has received more rainfall than usual for this time of year, and more water means more mosquitoes could potentially be on your property. By following the advice of Dr. Matadha and the Commission, we can all enjoy a safe and healthy summer.”

Actions residents can take to protect themselves and their families from mosquito bites and prevent mosquito borne diseases include:

  • Once a week, empty or throw out items on your property that hold water, such as tires, buckets, planters, toys, birdbaths, flowerpots, or trash containers.
  • Make sure doors and windows have tight-fitting screens. Repair or replace screens that have tears or holes.
  • Cut down weeds, trim and maintain shrubs and grass to reduce adult mosquitoes harboring in vegetation.
  • Stay inside at dawn, dusk and early evening when mosquitoes are most active. If you must be outdoors during these times, wear long-sleeved shirts and long pants. 
  • Apply insect repellent containing EPA-registered active ingredients such as DEET, Picaridin, IR3535, and oil of lemon eucalyptus (PMD). Always apply according to label instructions.
  • Contact the Mosquito Commission (732-549-0665) if there is a significant mosquito problem or you need additional information.

 

You can learn more about the Middlesex County Mosquito Extermination on our County website, middlesexcountynj.gov.  Search Mosquito Extermination Commission. You can learn more about the American Mosquito Control Association’s National Awareness Campaign efforts at www.mosquito.org.

 

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