Mosquito Control Information, Safety Measures and Resources
Published on Oct 09, 2018 at 11:00a.m.
The State of New Jersey is experiencing increased mosquito activity due to heavy rain, flooding, and weather conditions. Mosquitoes are a nuisance however, they also pose a public health risk. Mosquitoes are capable of transmitting diseases such as: West Nile Virus as well as a number of other diseases not common to our area, such as: Dengue Fever, Chikungunya, and Zika Virus.
In order to help control the presence of mosquitoes, there are a number of things that residents can do to protect their properties. Some of these protective and preventative measures are as follows:
- Make sure there is no stagnant water on the property
- Eliminate sources of stagnant water
- Keep unused pots and cans stored upside-down
- Keep swimming pools and ponds clean and operable at all times or covered if not in use
- Make sure gutters and leaders are unclogged, working properly and not dripping or leaking
- Pet bowls, if left outside, should be changed regularly (several times a day)
- Use window/door screens. Repair holes in screens to keep mosquitoes outside and use air conditioning when possible.
In addition to the physical control measures to your property, you should also protect yourselves when outside by doing the following:
- Limit time outside when mosquito activity in higher
- Wear a hat or keep hair pulled back
- Wear long-sleeved shirts and long pants when outside, walking, gardening, etc.
- Apply repellent according to the manufacturer’s specifications on the container
In Bergen County, spraying for mosquitoes is performed by the Bergen County Mosquito Commission. To request spraying, file a complaint, or just have a general inquiry, you can contact them at (201) 634-2880, (201) 634-2881, or at (201) 225-7000.
For further information on repellents and other topics, go to the following websites:
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