Our educational programs and community outreach teach people about their role in the prevention of mosquito habitats. Both children and adults should understand mosquito biology and control.
Division staff gives presentations to civic groups, public officials, and private industries. A special school program is also being developed for 4th-grade students. All the presentations include interactive displays and literature and can be customized based on the audience.
Contact Mosquito Control at 973-285-6450 for more information or to schedule a presentation.
Our staff participates annually in the 4-H Fair, Earth Day, National Night Out and other events. We bring literature, along with displays of live larvae and mosquitofish.
Water management is a key component of integrated pest management and mosquito control. Water management works by eliminating, preventing or reducing the amount of standing water available for mosquitoes to utilize as larval habitat.
Whenever possible sites are cleaned by hand. Ditches, stormwater facilities and other drainage structures are cleaned of silt, debris, and vegetation. This allows the water to flow and makes these areas inhospitable for mosquito larvae.
Ditch maintenance, stream cleaning and pond dredging, are common water management practices. All work is done following the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection Agency’s Freshwater Wetlands and Flood Hazard Act Rules. Maintenance of these systems is essential to preventing larval mosquito habitat.
Fallen trees and other major obstructions are removed from rivers and streams to prevent flooding. While one tree may not seem like a problem, major blockages form quickly in streams leading to flooded properties. By removing these blockages mosquito habitat is reduced and private properties and public roadways are protected.
Stormwater Facilities, (i.e. detention ponds, retention ponds, infiltration basins), are major mosquito breeding areas when not maintained. Maintenance can be as simple as removing blockages from a trash rack and as complex as removing sediment from the low flow channel with equipment. Many stormwater facilities have been neglected for so long that major restoration projects are necessary to get them functioning again.
The Division of Mosquito Control has a number of handouts with information about diseases, different insects, and more. Read the handouts.