NEWTON, NJ - The Town of Newton announces spraying for mosquitos on Tuesday, July 18 between 5 a.m. and 8 p.m.  The Sussex County Office of Mosquito Control has scheduled the larviciding to be done by plane.

According to the Mosquito Control announcement the product being used is VectobacGS EPA Reg #73049-10 with an active ingredient of BTI or Bacillus thuringiensis israelensis which is a bacteria for the control of larval mosquitoes in their immature, aquatic state.   

Additional they report the product is a solid, granular material of ground up corncob husks.  The areas to be treated are uninhabited, wetline areas located in:

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  • Vernon Township, 
  • Wantage Township,
  • Hardyston Township,
  • Sussex Borough,
  • Borough of Hopatcong, 
  • Town of Newton, 
  • Hampton Township 
  • Lafayette Township

"You may see a plane flying over residential areas, however no applications of this product are made over residential neighborhoods," according to the announcement.  "The pilot is simply positioning the plan to approach the wetlands that will be treated."

They report the spray is not an aerosol or liquid.  It is not directed at adult mosquitoes but rather to reduce future adult mosquito populations.

For questions contact the Office of Mosquito Control at 973-948-4545 from 8 a.m until 4:30 p.m.