County Gets a Jump on Mosquito Season
(Clayton, NJ) - The Gloucester County Mosquito Control Division will release 6000 tiny mosquito-larvae eating fish into area retention basins tomorrow afternoon, Wednesday, April 7. The fish are a natural means of controlling mosquitoes and are supplied by the NJ State Mosquito Control Commission as part of the State Bio-Control Program.
Freeholder Director Stephen M. Sweeney and Freeholder Deputy Director Robert Damminger said that the county has been using this method for ten years and it is effective and environmentally sound.
Freeholder Director Sweeney said, "We have had a record amount of snow and rain this season and we want to get a jump on mosquito season. This will be the first round of stocking resident fish in various retention basins throughout the county and in a couple of months we will restock the fish again."
"West Nile Virus is a serious concern and by reducing the mosquito population we can work to reduce the threat of the disease that is passed to humans and other animals by mosquitoes," said Sweeney. "The Countys Mosquito Control Division doesnt wait until summer to combat mosquitoes, they work all year long on identifying and clearing breeding grounds."
Another way to reduce the mosquito population is for residents to be vigilant about removing standing water from their properties now.
"Mosquitoes are water dependent and people can make a difference in reducing mosquitoes by emptying any containers on their property as soon as they fill up," said Freeholder Deputy Director Damminger. "Eliminating standing water is going to help keep the mosquito population down as the weather warms, mosquitoes need water to breed."
Residents should follow these simple steps around their homes to reduce mosquitoes:
- Dispose of old cans, plastic buckets, childrens toys, ceramic pots, or other containers that may collect water on their property.
- Properly dispose of old, discarded tires (one tire can collect enough water to produce thousands of mosquitoes in just one year).
- Clean clogged roof gutters at least annually. Clogged gutters are places where large numbers of mosquitoes are produced each year.
- Eliminate water collecting in pool or boat covers
- Drill holes in bottom of recycling containers left outdoors to prevent them from collecting rainwater.
- Turn over plastic wading pools and wheelbarrows when not in use.
- Do not allow water to stagnate in birdbaths
- Eliminate standing water around animal troughs