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County Mosquito Commission Offers Advice on Starting Early to Minimize Mosquitoes

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MIDDLESEX COUNTY, NJ - 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. Spring is a good time of year to find and remove areas where mosquitoes are likely to breed, such as standing water.

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 Commission.

Experts use a comprehensive and integrated approach to manage mosquitoes, which includes: mosquito surveillance, water management, biological control, chemical control and public education.  

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“Here in Middlesex County, the health of our residents is always a priority. There are many health risks associated with the spread of mosquitoes, and keeping them at bay can be a challenge. However, the Commission has always risen to that challenge by 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.

Dr. Matadha notes, there may also be many “small sites” in and around one’s property that attract mosquitoes and should be removed or cleaned immediately by the owner or residents. Female mosquitoes lay their eggs in stagnant or standing water, so eliminating water or waterlogged areas from your property will stop the mosquitoes from reproducing. This helps eliminate the spread of species like the Asian tiger mosquito, an aggressive mosquito that remains active throughout the day.

 

“To end the discomfort and disease that this mosquito can spread, residents need to practice good water sanitation on their properties,” said Dr. Matadha. The Asian tiger mosquito is one that the County is working especially hard to eliminate, as it is capable of spreading new emerging diseases such as Chikungunya, Dengue & Zika.

Here are some areas to be mindful of when guarding against mosquitoes:

·         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.

 

“I hope everyone will follow these suggestions from Dr. Matadha and the Commission to safeguard their homes and businesses against mosquitoes,” said Freeholder Director Ronald G. Rios. “If we work together, we will ensure that all of Middlesex County’s residents can enjoy their summer while staying safe, healthy, and comfortable.”

Some of the actions residents can take to protect themselves and their families from mosquito bites and prevent mosquito borne diseases are:

  • 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 need additional information.

You can learn more about the Middlesex County Mosquito Extermination on our County website, www.middlesexcountynj.gov. Search Mosquito Extermination Commission. You can learn more about AMCA’s efforts at www.mosquito.org.

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