Monday, August 4th, 2008

The Morris County Mosquito Commission is asking for the public’s assistance in its efforts to control and reduce the mosquito population in the county and minimize the threat of the diseases they carry.

Kristian McMorland, commission superintendent, said the most important thing a homeowner can do is exercise more vigilance around his or her yard.

“Mosquitoes need water for breeding,” McMorland said. “By eliminating standing water around the outside of a house, a homeowner is helping to reduce mosquito levels.”

McMorland said there has been a considerable spike in recent days in the population of the Culex mosquito.

“These mosquitoes are container breeders and are most likely utilizing containers in residents’ backyards to breed,” McMorland said.

He said cans, plastic containers, ceramic pots or similar water-holding containers that have accumulated outside a home should be emptied or disposed of.

McMorland said wheelbarrows and plastic wading pools that are not in use should be turned over, water in bird baths should be changed regularly, clogged gutters should be cleared and larger pools, even if they are not being used, should be cleaned and chlorinated.

More information about the Morris County Mosquito Commission may be obtained on its Web site, www.morrismosquito.org, or by calling the commission at (973) 285-6450.

The Web site is updated on a regular basis with the latest news about the commission’s activities in the fight against mosquitoes, including information about spray operations, times and specific spray locations and neighborhoods.