Tuesday, August 24th, 2010

According to the Morris County Mosquito Commission, the public can be of great
assistance in helping 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. “Mosquitoes must have water for at least seven days to complete their development. By eliminating standing water around the outside of a house, a homeowner is helping to reduce mosquito levels.”

He said cans, plastic containers, buckets, ceramic pots or similar water-holding containers outside a home should be checked, and any water from recent rainfall that may have accumulated in them should be emptied or disposed of. Water in bird baths should be changed regularly and clogged gutters should be cleared, advised McMorland.

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.