Prevent Mosquitoes From Breeding In Your Backyard

Atlantic County Division of Public Health, in conjunction with Atlantic County Department of Public Works Mosquito Control Unit

 

YOU CAN LIMIT MOSQUITOES BY LIMITING THEIR BREEDING.

Breeding sources consist of standing water. If there are any places around your home where water collects i.e., water-holding containers, storm drains, clogged rain gutters, swimming pools, ornamental ponds, etc. - You may be breeding mosquitoes!

FACTS YOU SHOULD KNOW:

All mosquitoes need water to pass through their life stages. Adult flying mosquitoes can rest in grass, shrubbery, or other foliage, but they never breed there.

Some mosquitoes lay their eggs in standing water where they hatch in a day or two. Other mosquitoes lay their eggs in old tires, tin cans and other such water-holding containers. The mosquitoes may remain unhatched for weeks, months or until they are covered with water. The mosquito "wigglers" or larvae grow quickly and turn into "tumblers" or pupae. Then the skin of the tumbler opens and out climbs a hungry adult mosquito.

All mosquitoes need water to complete their life cycle. Do not provide it to them.

REMEMBER: YOU CAN PREVENT MOSQUITO BREEDING BY REMOVING STANDING WATER.

CHECK YOUR AREA & IMPLEMENT THE FOLLOWING:

1. Empty, drain, remove, cover or turn upside down things that can hold water. Throw out old tires, tin cans, bottles, jars, buckets, drums, and other containers or keep them upside down so no water can enter them.

2. Empty any small plastic wading pools weekly. Store it indoors when not in use. Properly maintain your swimming pool and keep it covered so as not to collect water.

3. Repair leaky pipes and outside faucets. Don't let runoff water from your air conditioner collect in shady areas.

4. Repair faulty septic systems (Call the Atlantic County Division of Public Health at 645-5971 prior to any septic system repairs).

5. Change water and scrub vases holding flowers once a week - or grow cuttings in sand.

6. Scrub and change the water in bird baths weekly.

7. Empty and refill pets' water pans daily.

8. Discard old tires or store them indoors.

9. Don't dump grass clippings, branches or other items in storm drains or ditches.

10. Fill holes in trees with sand or mortar.

Mosquitoes develop only in water. If water stands for a little over one week - many mosquitoes will breed!

Mosquitoes are a familiar summer nuisance. They can be annoying and they can be transmitters of encephalitis, malaria, and yellow fever to humans, and heartworms to pets.

YOU CAN TAKE SIMPLE, POSITIVE STEPS TO REDUCE THIS MENACE RIGHT AT HOME, SINCE MANY GENERATIONS OF MOSQUITOES CAN BREED RIGHT IN YOUR BACKYARD.

Provided by:

Atlantic County Division of Public Health, Environmental Health Unit, 201 South Shore Rd, Northfield, NJ 08225, phone: 609-945-5971

Dennis Levinson, County Executive; Helen W. Walsh, County Administrator; Atlantic County Board of Freeholders: Dennis Levinson, Chairman, James A. Carney, Kirk W. Conover, James Curcio, Rev. Lawton Nelson Jr., Joseph A. Nickels III, Thomas Russo, Joseph F. Silipena, John W. Risley, Jr.

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