The Montville Township Health Department urges our residents to take precautions to protect themselves and their families from mosquito-borne diseases, and to help reduce their population in our community by eliminating mosquito breeding habitats on their properties.
Mosquitoes lay eggs in standing water or areas that are prone to flooding. The egg develops to an adult in about 5 days. Only female mosquitoes require blood meals, which they use to nourish the eggs as they develop into adults. When a mosquito bites to get the blood meal, it can transmit any communicable disease, including West Nile virus, Zika, and others, that they may be infected with.
Almost any standing water makes a good habitat for mosquitoes: flower pots, tires, tarps, unmaintained swimming pools, birdbaths, ditches, ponds, etc. Even containers as small as a plastic soda bottle cap can contain enough stagnant water for mosquitoes to breed.
Some simple steps that can be taken to reduce the numbers of mosquitoes, and protect against their bites:
- Wear EPA-registered insect repellent (consult pediatrician for products recommended for children)
- Avoid being outdoors when mosquitos are most active (for most species, dawn and dusk)
- Wear long sleeves and long pants outdoors when possible
- Cover crib, stroller and baby carrier with mosquito netting
- Repair holes in screens to keep mosquitoes outside and use air conditioning when possible
- Reduce any sources of stagnant water on your property
Resources for assistance and/or more information:
NJ Department of Health Communicable Disease Service - disease information, reports, data, and other resources
NJDEP Mosquito Control Commission - monitors mosquito conditions throughout the state
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention - learn about the importance of mosquito control, community-level control efforts, and what you can do to make a difference at home.