This National Mosquito Control Awareness Week (June 23—June 29, 2019), Passaic County Mosquito Control, in cooperation with the Board of Chosen Freeholders, has tips to help you “fight the bite.”
Swimming pools are open and grills are going, but are you cooking up a breeding ground for mosquitoes? Passaic County Mosquito Control recommends people follow the three D’s to keep mosquitoes away:
- Drain: Empty out water containers at least once per week
- Dress: Wear long sleeves, long pants, and light-colored, loose-fitting clothing
- Defend: Properly apply an approved repellent such as DEET, picaridin, IR 3535, or oil of lemon-eucalyptus
Mosquitoes require water to complete their life cycle. If their water source is eliminated, so are their offspring. Therefore, you can make your yard a mosquito-free zone by: disposing of old tires, drilling holes in the bottom of recycling containers, clearing roof gutters of debris, cleaning pet water dishes regularly, emptying children’s toys of water, and changing the water in birdbaths at least once a week. Encouraging your neighbors to also eliminate sources on their property is critical to a community-wide control effort.
Mosquito bites can be more than just annoying and itchy. Mosquitoes can spread diseases such as West Nile virus, Eastern Equine Encephalitis, La Crosse virus, Dengue, Chikungunya, and Zika virus. These viruses can make you sick or, in rare cases, cause death. The most effective way to avoid getting sick from viruses spread by mosquitoes when at home or during travel is to prevent mosquito bites. For more information, please visit the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention website by clicking on the links below.
Prevent Mosquito Bites [English]
Evite las picaduras de mosquitos [Spanish]
Thank you for your time and attention to this important message. If you are experiencing a mosquito nuisance in your neighborhood, please contact Passaic County Mosquito Control at (973) 305-5754. Or, stop by and see us at “Tuesdays in the Plaza” on Tuesday, June 25 between 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. in the William J Bate Memorial Court House Plaza.