Eliminate standing water sources where mosquitoes breed
FREEHOLD, NJ – The Monmouth County Mosquito Extermination Commission is asking residents to help reduce the mosquito population by draining sources of standing water outdoors and routinely checking for containers collecting water where mosquitoes can breed.
“Mosquitoes are a huge problem in Monmouth County and residents need to make sure they are doing everything they can to reduce the mosquito population,” said Freeholder Deputy Director Serena DiMaso, liaison to the Commission. “An effective strategy for mosquito control is to deny them a place to breed by eliminating sources of standing water.”
There are many things homeowners can do to reduce the mosquitoes found in their backyard and neighborhood:
- All standing water should be eliminated. Avoid over-watering lawns.
- Dispose of all useless containers and those that are saved should be turned upside down. Tires, especially, can breed thousands of mosquitoes.
- Recycling containers should have holes drilled into their bottom to allow for drainage of rainwater or have tight-fitting lids.
- Roof gutters and drainage ditches should be maintained and cleared of debris.
- Canoes and other boats should be covered or turned over for storage.
- Properly screening windows and doors will keep mosquitoes and other biting insects outside—away from you, your family and your pets.
“In the aftermath of Superstorm Sandy, there are many new places that have been created for mosquitoes to breed such as piles of wet debris,” said DiMaso. “It is important to check your property regularly for new and reoccurring sources of standing water.”
Residents with pools, birdbaths and ponds are offered the following tips for mosquito control:
- Fish will readily eat mosquitoes and, therefore, should be placed in ornamental ponds.
- The water in bird baths and troughs should be changed weekly.
- Swimming pools and wading pools should be emptied or covered when not in use so water cannot collect in them (or the cover).
If you have a mosquito control problem or would like information call the Mosquito Extermination Commission at 732-542-3630 or visit their website at www.visitmonmouth.com.