Mosquito Control Operations
Controlling mosquito populations in Monmouth County protects residents, businesses and visitors from mosquito-borne diseases. The Mosquito Control Division’s program follows an Integrated Pest Management (IPM) approach where a variety of strategies, methods and products are used to keep mosquito populations low.
The Division focuses on controlling mosquitoes while they are larvae or pupae living in water. Over 3,500 established areas of water found to support mosquito larvae are inspected. When larvae are found, an appropriate pesticide may be applied.
The Division responds to requests for service from the public. Inspectors visit properties for sources of water. If a new water habitat is found, it is added to the perpetual list of sites to inspect. Sites include ditches, woodland pools, stormwater swales and basins, shallow ponds, unmaintained pools and ornamental ponds, lawns and poorly graded areas holding water.
If evidence of mosquito-borne disease in local mosquitoes is discovered or is there is a human case of infection, localized adult mosquito control operations (adulticiding) is implemented. These operations reduce the adult mosquito population to stop disease amplification and transmission. Adulticiding may be conducted when larviciding efforts have failed and the numbers of adult mosquitoes are extremely high.
Prior to the adulticiding, treatment area maps and information are posted online and to municipal officials, beekeepers and others required by law. All pesticides used are registered with the USEPA and NJDEP and are recommended in “Insecticides for Mosquito Control in New Jersey” published by the New Jersey Agricultural Experiment Station at Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey.