Wednesday, March 16th, 2016

March is here, spring is almost upon us and soon the mosquitoes will be, too.  This is a great time of the year to police your yard and look for anything that has the potential to hold standing water, and serve as a breeding ground for these biting pests, as the mosquito season approaches.

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Anything that can be cleaned up and put away, now is the time to do it.  If this is not practical, such as a birdbath, please take the time to on a weekly basis to empty and clean it before re-filling.  You will be helping yourself and your neighbors from unnecessary mosquito exposure.

Also, inspectors from the Morris County Division of Mosquito Control will be out in force over the next few weeks checking early season mosquito habitat across the county.

This has been a rather strange weather year, with temperatures being so warm this early in the season. While the air temperatures are comfortable, water temperatures are still too cool for the Mosquito Division’s anti-mosquito products to be totally effective. Kris McMorland, director of the Morris County Division of Mosquito Control, anticipates that situation will change over the next few weeks.

“We are finding mosquito larvae but their development will be rather slow this time of year so we have time to get them under control now,” McMorland said. “You may notice some adult mosquitoes flying around in this nice weather. These particular species overwintered as adults and are coming out of hibernation.”Muskie 2

McMorland urged county residents to use an EPA registered repellent according to label recommendations when outdoors and continue to follow his agency’s webpage for mosquito updates. Visit: http://morriscountynj.gov/mosquito/info/

Mosquito Reminders

  • Mosquitoes breed only in water.
  • Mosquitoes must have water for at least 7 days to complete their development.
  • Any standing water may breed mosquitoes.
  • Control measures should be directed at their breeding places.

What Homeowners Can Do

  1. Dump all standing water from containers including kiddie pools, flower pots, garbage cans and tarps.
  2. Clean out bird baths once a week.
  3. Eliminate standing water and low areas on your property.
  4. Clean the gutters on your house.
  5. Use screens to prevent mosquitoes from entering the home.
  6. Keep ditches and stormwater facilities free of debris.
  7. Use fountains or fish in ornamental ponds.