How to Halt Mosquito Invasions
After recent rainfall and floods, standing water can become mosquito breeding pools. Here's how to control mosquito populations around Hopatcong.
Under the certain environmental conditions, certain species of mosquitoes can develop and emerge as adults in as little as one week, the Sussex County Department of Environmental and Public Health Services Office of Mosquito Control said.
Here are five—well, really seven—things you need to know about mosquito control in Hopatcong.
Due to the recent rainfall and flooding, there may be more mosquito-breeding habitats this year. Small amounts of stagnant water provide an ideal location for mosquitoes to lay their eggs. Residents can play a primary role in mosquito control by eliminating habitats where mosquitoes breed by following these tips:
- Cleaning roof gutters at least annually.
- Remove any unnecessary containers from the property (flower pots/trays, tires, toys, boats, buckets.)
- Drain and rinse birdbaths twice a week.
- Aerate and/or stock ornamental ponds with fish.
- Configure tarps to drain any rainwater.
- Close pools when not in use. Pool cover can collect rainwater and provide a habitat for mosquitoes.
- Please report abandoned or illegally dumped tires to the Office of Mosquito Control at 973-948-4545
Source: Sussex County Department of Environmental and Public Health Services Office of Mosquito Control.