How to Prevent Mosquito Breeding
The mosquitoes are back in action in New Jersey, and to prevent potentially-fatal consequences, the state Departments of Health and Environmental Protection are offering a few tips to residents and businesses.
"While we typically don't identify human illnesses from mosquito-borne diseases such as West Nile Virus until late summer here in New Jersey, it's never too early to drain sources of standing water and reduce the number of places mosquitoes can lay their eggs and breed," explained Health Commissioner Mary O'Dowd.
STEPS THAT RESIDENTS, BUSINESSES, CONTRACTORS CAN TAKE:
- At least once or twice a week, empty water from flower pots, pet food and water dishes, birdbaths, swimming pool covers, buckets, barrels and cans.
- Check for clogged rain gutters and clean them out.
- Remove discarded tires and other items that could collect water.
- Check for containers or trash in places that may be hard to see, such as under bushes or under your home.
- Drill holes in the bottom and elevate recycling containers that are left outdoors.
- Clean and chlorinate swimming pools, including those that are not being used.
With the destruction left behind by Superstorm Sandy, mosquitoes have brand new places to breed, such as wet debris piles and depressions left by fallen trees.
"It's important to remove, clean or repair anything that can collect rain or sprinkler water - such as debris, clogged or damaged gutters or old car tires," said O'Dowd added.
Anyone having problems controlling mosquitoes can contact their local control agency by dialing 1-800-NO-NJ-WNV.