UNION COUNTY, NJ -- The Union County Freeholders have issued tips for residents and businesses to help reduce the mosquito population locally.
The key to reducing mosquito populations is to remove their breeding sites. Mosquitos can breed practically anywhere water collects, including clogged gutters, corrugated down spout extensions, children’s toys and play sets, and garden items including flower pots, buckets, recycling containers, grills, wheelbarrows, and tarps.
Old tires are a major concern as they tend to be out of sight and out of mind, but one old tire can breed thousands of mosquitoes during the summer. Even an item as small as an upturned bottle cap can become a mosquito breeding ground.
The recent wet weather has provided mosquitos with an explosion of likely breeding sites. Property owners and tenants are advised to take advantage of this weekend's dry spell to make a quick sweep of their yards and shake out any items that have collected stagnant water.
- Unused pools, fountains and ornamental ponds should be drained and covered. Water in birdbaths should be refreshed daily.
- Discarded tires, litter and other debris should be removed from the property, as they can also hold small amounts of stagnant water.
- More guidance for property owners and tenants is available from the NJ Department of Environmental Protection (EPA), at nj.gov/mosquito.
- To avoid mosquito bites, residents are advised to use EPA-registered insect repellents and follow instructions on the label carefully.
- Another effective precaution is to wear long, light-colored clothing when outdoors. Exposure can also be reduced by avoiding time outdoors at dusk and dawn, when mosquitoes are most active.
The Union County Bureau of Mosquito Control works closely with officials from New Jersey DEP. The Bureau regularly inspects and tests for mosquitoes throughout the County and conducts larviciding and adulticiding operations on an as-needed basis.
Mosquito infestations can be reported by calling the Union County Mosquito Hotline at 908-654-9835. County inspectors will examine the property and provide guidance on eliminating breeding sites. If necessary, the inspectors will also survey the surrounding area.