Mosquito Control Division
The overall goal of the Mosquito Control Division (MCD) is to enhance the public's health and welfare by safely reducing mosquito populations to a reasonable threshold of annoyance and to maintain control of the potential for the transmission of mosquito-borne diseases.
What the Mosquito Control Division is Doing
The Gloucester County Mosquito Division uses an Integrated Mosquito Management Program to control the mosquito population . The goal is accomplished through the provision of an intergrated pest management program incorporating various techniques that include the following :
- Adulticiding - Applying Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and NJ Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) approved products should an infected mosquito or mosquitoes be found or if mosquito populations exceed nuisance levels. The Gloucester County Mosquito Control Division utilizes vehicle mounted ULV cold fogger machines which apply the DEP approved products to control the mosquito populations. These treatment operations occur during evening and early morning hours.
- Larviciding - over 3,000 (Potential) larval habitat sites are inspected and serviced on a regular basis. Sites are checked for mosquitoes and treated with insecticides when mosquitoes are found.
- Personal Protection - Encourage changing personal habits to reduce mosquito bites and instill the importance of taking protective measures to reduce personal risks.
- Public Awareness - Information is provided to residents through press releases, group presentations, website materials, and pamphlets.
- Surveillance - Performs Collections and Identification of mosquitoes for lab analysis of the Mosquito Borne Virus and increased survey of areas for pesticide applications.
- Bio-Control - Stocks mosquito-eating fish (Fathead Minnows) in unkempt swimming pools, small ponds, storm water basins and other standing water bodies that may breed mosquitoes. This biological control is an inexpensive, efficient, and environmentally friendly means of controlling mosquito populations.
- Source Reduction - performs general maintenance among waterways such as, ditches, drainage & roadside ditches, storm water basin's and streams. Utilizing handheld tools.
- Tire Collection - The county has developed a Tire Amnesty Program in cooperation with The Gloucester County Improvement Authority in the month of March. The removal of scrap tires aids in reducing mosquito breeding sites in Gloucester County.
Mosquito Control Around the house
- Monitor your property for any containers that may hold water or are holding water and address by emptying; cover or drill holes in bottom of any containers if needed.
- Dispose of any containers such as : cans, plastic buckets , old tires, or any other container that may collect and hold water. Do not allow water to accumulate in the saucers of flowerpots, cemetery urns or in pet dishes for more than 2 days.
- Make sure to clean and sanitize your pool.
- Maintain mechanical barriers such as window and door screens.
- Clean clogged roof gutters annually and remove any standing water under or around structures, or on flat roofs.
- Eliminate water collecting in or on :
- Boat covers
- Old used pools
- Unused pools and on pool covers.
- Wheelbarrows and mortar tubs.
- Roof Gutters and Rain Barrels.
- Bird Baths
- Flower pots and vases.
- Ornamental pools and fountains.
- Cellars and crawl spaces.
- Do not allow water to stagnate in bird baths and wading pools change water at least once a week.
- Turn over plastic pools and wheelbarrows when not in use.
- Eliminate standing water around animal troughs. Flush livestock water troughs twice a week.
- Drain any ditches, potholes, standing puddles and tree stumps that hold water.
Mosquito Service Request
Throughout the mosquito season, the Mosquito Control Division receives and responds to request from County residents, schools, business and organizations. To request services, please fill out the Mosquito Service Request Form. If you have any questions, please call 856-307-6400, Monday through Friday, from 8 am to 4 pm.
Spotted Lantern Fly
The County will not be providing lantern fly treatments for individual residential properties. Our lantern fly treatment program will be performed on selected areas as determined through our surveillance. Our program will include the treatment of open public spaces, such as County and Municipal Parks, as well as roadside treatments of affected areas. The County has been performing surveillance of the lantern fly population throughout the entire County. This surveillance helps our treatment team identify the locations where area wide roadside treatments will be performed. We hope these efforts will have an effect on the population as well as provide relief to our residents as we begin this new program.
For More Information
For further information on the control of mosquitoes and West Nile Virus, visit our Mosquitos and Ticks page.