County of Monmouth

For Immediate Release:
August 28, 2020

County advises residents to continue to
“Fight the Bite!”

FREEHOLD, NJ – The Monmouth County Board of Chosen Freeholders and the Mosquito Control Division are reminding residents that mosquitoes are still prevalent throughout the fall season and to take safety measures against mosquitoes and viruses they may carry.

“As our residents are continuing to enjoy the outdoors, mosquitoes can be a nuisance,” said Freeholder Deputy Director Susan M. Kiley, liaison to the Monmouth County Mosquito Control Division. “Most mosquitoes may be an inconvenience and a bite will be itchy and swollen, but some can spread viruses such as West Nile and Eastern Equine Encephalitis, otherwise known as EEE. Historically, there have been cases of West Nile that have occurred in the fall and I urge residents to protect themselves.”

The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) recommends the following to help avoid mosquito bites:

  • Control mosquito populations indoors and outdoors
  • Wear treated long-sleeved shirts and long pants while outdoors
  • Use insect repellent that the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has proven to be safe and effective that contains one of the following active ingredients: DEET, oil of lemon eucalyptus (OLE), picaridin, IR3535, para-methane-diol (PMD) or 2-undecanone

While the weather may begin to get cooler, mosquitoes are still active until the first frost and will take advantage of even small amounts of standing water to lay eggs and produce more mosquitoes.

“It is important to not only protect yourself from mosquitoes, but to also eliminate where mosquitoes breed around and in your house,” said Freeholder Deputy Director Kiley. “Container mosquitoes are the number one problem in Monmouth County. Be diligent and dump any container that holds water weekly. It only takes seven days for a mosquito larva to develop into an adult.”

The Monmouth County Mosquito Control Division created a Mosquito Habitat Checklist for residents to reference to eliminate places where mosquitoes breed around the home.

“The Mosquito Control Division is available for our residents to contact and request a courtesy inspection of their property and adjacent properties,” said Freeholder Deputy Director Kiley. “Common mosquito habitats include ditches, woodland pools, shallow ponds, unmaintained swimming pools and ornamental ponds. Wherever there is stagnant water, mosquitoes can develop.”

The Mosquito Control Division helps protect residents by controlling the mosquito populations of larvae living in water. More than 3,500 established areas of water found to support mosquito larvae in Monmouth County are inspected by mosquito personnel throughout the mosquito season (April through October).

For more information, call the Monmouth County Mosquito Control Division at 732-542-3630 or go to

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