Saturday, June 28th, 2014
The Morris County Division of Mosquito Control is using its website again this summer to alert county residents about spraying and other efforts to control mosquitoes and minimize the threat of the diseases they carry.
The website, www.morrismosquito.org, is updated on a regular basis with the latest news about the commission’s activities in the fight against mosquitoes.
Kristian McMorland, division superintendent, said information about spray operations, including times and specific spray locations and neighborhoods, are posted on the website as soon as they are scheduled.
“It’s important that we keep the public up to date about our mosquito control efforts, and our website is the best way to do that,” McMorland said. “Accessing the website will provide residents with such information as when and where spraying and water management activities will be taking place, or if any of the viruses associated with mosquitoes are discovered here in Morris County.”
The website also contains tips on how people can help protect themselves from mosquito bites and control the pesky insects around the home. For example, McMorland said residents should take care to eliminate standing water around their homes.
“There are more than 40 species of mosquitoes in Morris County, and they all need water for breeding,” McMorland said. “Mosquitoes must have water for at least 7 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, pool covers, ceramic pots or similar water-holding containers outside a home should be checked, and any water 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.
“Homeowners may not realize it, but they play an important role in our mosquito control efforts,” McMorland said.
More information about the Morris County Division of Mosquito Control may be obtained online at www.morrismosquito.org or by calling the division at 973-285-6450.