ROXBURY, NJ – County employees, using an all-terrain vehicle, will venture off-road in Roxbury this week to wage war on mosquitos.
The team from the Morris County Division of Mosquito Control will take its fight to the wetlands off Ajax Terrace in Succasunna, according to the county. The mosquito treatment is scheduled to take place Tuesday between 6 a.m. and 10 a.m.
“Even though we are in the later days of summer, it is not time yet to let down your guard regarding the battle against pesky and disease carrying mosquitoes,” said the county on Monday. “The county’s mosquito control teams continue to attack wet and swampy areas of the county to treat and eliminate breeding grounds for mosquito larvae, and they are engaged in spraying in communities that are hardest hit by mosquitoes.”
But the county said it can’t fight the mosquito war alone. It is asking people to do their part, noting that “individual property owners have the ability to make a major difference in reducing mosquitoes to a tolerable level around their homes, apartments or property.”
People should look for stagnant water in things like planters, toys, birdbaths, clogged gutters, wheelbarrows, trash can covers, tarps, old tires, construction materials and unused swimming or wading pools, said the county. Any water found in these and similar objects should be dumped.
“In addition to being a 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,” the county noted. “You can reduce the number of mosquitoes in your own backyard, including the aggressive Asian Tiger variety, by eliminating all standing water on your property.”
The county noted that one wheelbarrow of standing water “can result in the infestation of an entire neighborhood” and one stagnant swimming pool can yield a million mosquitos in one summer.
“A single soda cap of water can produce 200 mosquitoes every week,” the county said
Many mosquitoes stay close to their place of hatching, said the county, noting many travel only 1,000 feet from where they spawn.
For more details on mosquitoes visit: https://morriscountynj.gov/mosquito/info/
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