The Middlesex County Mosquito Extermination Commission has begun preparation for this year’s mosquito season by inspecting and treating sites throughout the county.
Experts use a comprehensive and integrated approach, which includes mosquito surveillance, water management, biological control, chemical control and public education.
The Mosquito Extermination Commission is asking residents and business owners to help control the house mosquito by making every effort to eliminate sources of standing water around homes and places of businesses.
Actions residents can take are:
- Dispose of all containers that hold water or turn them upside-down so water does not collect in them
- Clean roof gutters and drainage ditches
- Stock ornamental ponds with fish
- Change water in birdbaths, fountains and pet dishes weekly
- Seal septic, air conditioning and other water tanks with screened vents
- Empty wading pools when not in use and keep swimming pools clean and filtered
- Cover boats and drain water out of them, turn small boats upside-down
- Flush sump pumps weekly
- Maintain window and door screens to exclude mosquitoes from homes and businesses
- Cut down weeds, trim and maintain shrubs and grass to reduce adult mosquitoes from harboring in vegetation
- Stay inside at dawn, dusk and early evening when mosquitoes are most active
- Apply insect repellent containing EPA-registered active ingredients such as DEET, Picaridin, IR3535 and oil of lemon eucalyptus. Apply according to label directions.
Contact the Mosquito Commission at 732-549-0665 for more information or if there is a significant mosquito problem in your area.