Thursday, November 6th, 2008

The threat of West Nile virus being transmitted to humans may be over for the year, but the work of the Morris County Mosquito Commission is not.

In the past few days, since Nov. 3, crews from the Mosquito Commission and the Municipal Utilities Authority have found and removed for recycling more than 330 discarded tires from streams, roadsides and wooded areas in eight locations.

Kristian McMorland, superintendent of the Mosquito Commission, said 22 of those tires were found and removed from one known West Nile Virus location off Blackwell Street in Dover.

“Finding that many tires in such a short amount of time is real cause for concern,” McMorland said. “Tires that can hold standing water make perfect breeding grounds for mosquitoes. By removing abandoned or illegally dumped tires, we are helping to reduce mosquito levels and the threat of West Nile virus next year.”

Finding and removing the abandoned tires are part of the commission’s year-round mosquito control activities.

McMorland noted abandoned or illegally dumped tires can also contaminate waterways and surface water run-off.

Anyone knowing of a location where tires have been dumped or discarded may call the Mosquito Commission at (973) 285-6450 or the MUA at (973) 285-8390.