Scrap automobile and truck tires often support large populations of certain mosquito species that can serve as vectors for potentially fatal diseases such as eastern equine encephalitis, West Nile virus, chikungunya, Zika and dengue fever. Improperly stored or illegally disposed tires can collect water and have the potential to become habitats for the Asian tiger mosquito, which has become the primary nuisance species in Middlesex County in recent years.
Eliminating scrap tires will eliminate a prolific mosquito habitat and the associated disease risks and to a large extent minimize the spread of the Asian tiger mosquito. The Commission works cooperatively with the Middlesex County Division of Solid Waste Management (DSWM) in actively retrieving and recycling of scrap-tires throughout the year. The Commission has collected and recycled over 100,000 tires from routinely inspected habitats since the beginning of the abatement program.