NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ – Summer will arrive soon, and with it, rainy and humid weather. Standing water from rain produces ideal conditions for mosquitoes to breed, but there is a way to stop these pests from infesting your yard.
The Middlesex County Mosquito Extermination Commission has been inspecting and treating sites throughout the County and is offering advice to residents on curbing the mosquito problem.
Dr. Deepak Matadha, Superintendent of the Mosquito Extermination Commission, said many mosquito species come from large flood plains and swamps, which can best be controlled by NJDEP-licensed personnel employed by the Mosquito Commission.
Experts use a comprehensive and integrated approach, which includes: mosquito surveillance, water management, biological control, chemical control and public education.
However, Dr. Matadha said, there may also be many small “mosquito breeding sites” in and around homes or places of business that individuals can eliminate. These areas can produce the common house mosquito, which can transmit West Nile virus, and can produce other species of mosquitoes such as the Asian tiger mosquito, that are vicious biters.
The Asian tiger mosquito is currently the most important nuisance mosquito in the county. It is also one of the mosquitoes that is capable of transmitting new emerging diseases such as chikungunya and dengue fever. To end the discomfort and disease that these insects can spread, residents need to change the conditions of their homes.
Without standing or stagnant water, there will be no mosquito production in the area, since female mosquitoes look for a place to lay eggs such as:
- Standing or stagnant water in ditches and catch basins
- Water from overflowing or open septic or other waste systems
- Water that collects in buckets, cans, jars, barrels, boats, discarded tires, clogged roof gutters, tire ruts, wading pools or pool covers
- Any artificially created collection of water
Some of the things residents can do to make their yard safer and more pleasant this summer are:
- Ÿ Eliminate or manage all sources of standing water to discourage mosquito breeding.
- Ÿ Make sure doors and windows have tight-fitting screens. Repair or replace screens that have tears or holes.
- Ÿ Cut down weeds, trim and maintain shrubs and grass to reduce adult mosquitoes harboring in vegetation.
- Ÿ Stay inside at dawn, dusk and early evening when mosquitoes are most active.
- Ÿ If you must be outdoors during these times, wear light colored, loose fitting clothing and when practical, wear long sleeves and pants.
- Ÿ Apply insect repellents that are EPA approved and recommended such as DEET, Picaridin, IR3535, and Oil of lemon eucalyptus (PMD). Always apply according to label instructions.
- Ÿ Contact the Mosquito Commission (732-549-0665) if there is a significant mosquito problem or you need additional information.
The Commission also reminds residents that the week of June 21 – 27, 2015 has been declared “National Mosquito Control Awareness Week” by the American Mosquito Control Association (AMCA). AMCA’s mission in this week is to educate the general public about the significance of mosquitoes in their daily lives and the important service provided by mosquito control workers throughout New Jersey and the United States.
You can learn more about the Middlesex County Mosquito Extermination on our County website, www.co.middlesex.nj.us. Search Mosquito Extermination Commission. You can learn more about AMCA’s efforts at www.mosquito.org.