Remove Standing Water From Your Property to Prevent Infestation in Your Backyard

MONTVILLE, NJ – COVID-19 may be front and center on most fronts this spring but mosquitoes couldn’t care less.

While residents seek social-distanced refuge in their back yards and decks or parks and trails, these persistent bugs are ready to take an outdoor bite out of your already reduced fun.

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Morris County’s mosquito control teams are attacking wet areas of the county, treating and eliminating breeding grounds for mosquito larvae.

They are also spraying infested areas – targeting sections of Montville, East Hanover and Florham Park in recent days. (See the upcoming spraying schedule: Mosquito)  

While those efforts can pay major dividends in minimizing infestation, individual property owners have the ability to make a major difference, too.

“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,” said Morris County Mosquito Division Superintendent Kristian McMorland.

Steps you can take to reduce mosquito populations include:

  • 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);
  • Dispose of cans, plastic containers, ceramic pots or similar water-holding containers that have accumulated on your property.

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 mosquito bites.

For more details on mosquitoes, visit: https://morriscountynj.gov/mosquito/info/

Also, check out the following videos for good advice on dealing with mosquitoes:

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