Tuesday, June 23rd, 2009

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.”

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 that are left outside should be turned over, water in bird baths should be changed regularly and clogged gutters should be cleared.

Recent rain events have caused some isolated pockets of mosquitoes to emerge, according to McMorland.

“Staff will be monitoring these locations and have stepped up control efforts to eliminate potential mosquito issues,” he said.

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.