Morris County Mosquito Control, along with the Borough of Lincoln Park, spray the areas along rivers and marshes for larval mosquitoes. Off road vehicles have also been used to get into forested areas where and when mosquito counts are high.
DPW Spraying Schedule
The Morris County Division of Mosquito Control, founded in 1928 as the Morris County Mosquito Commission, has the goal of reducing the number of nuisance and disease transmitting mosquitoes within the county. The Division employs a number of techniques to provide this service to residents with minimal impact on the environment.
1) Water Management - The Division carries out extensive efforts to remove blockages from Morris County waterways, and to maintain drainage systems as needed.
2) Larval Control - Mosquitoes all start out in water as larvae, or "wrigglers". We choose products that are specific for mosquitoes and have minimal or no effect on other organisms in the aquatic environment. Locations receive treatment only when surveys show that large numbers of mosquitoes are a threat to populated regions. These products applied by hand crews, by all terrain vehicles, or by helicopter. Larval habitats are treated only when larvae are present.
3) Adult Control - Although this is the most visible aspect of mosquito control, we consider this to be a last resort. We try to stop mosquitoes before they are out and flying around. When adult control is needed because of a severe mosquito infestation, we generally use truck mounted sprayers that apply 1/2 - 1 ounce of material per acre. Homeowners can help control mosquitoes by making sure they do not have containers around the home that hold water. Buckets, gutters, birdbaths, toys, tarpaulins and anything else that can contain water should be emptied or removed from the yard. Do not dispose of leaves and grass clippings in ditches, streams or catch basins. Make sure your screens are in good repair and consider moving inside during periods of high mosquito activity (early evening and early morning)
Where can I find more specific information on mosquito spraying in Morris County, and how will I be notified of the spaying?
Call the Morris County Division of Mosquito Control at 973-285-6450
Visit the website at www.morrismosquito.org