This month marks the 100th anniversary of the founding of the Middlesex County Mosquito Extermination Commission.
The Commission was appointed by the Hon. James J. Bergen, Justice of the Supreme Court, presiding over the Courts of Middlesex County, by authority of the Act of the Legislature, Section 6, Chapter 104, Laws of 1912.
On April 1st, 1914, the Mosquito Commission began its operations with powers to perform all acts, which in its opinion, may be necessary for the elimination of mosquito breeding areas, or which will tend to exterminate mosquitoes within the county.
“The Board of Chosen Freeholders is very grateful to the Mosquito Extermination Commission,” said Freeholder H. James Polos, Chair of the Public Safety and Health Committee. “I know that all residents of Middlesex County, as well as visitors, are thankful for their diligent work. They now have a century-long legacy of protecting us from mosquitoes and mosquito-borne diseases like West Nile virus, and we know this excellence will continue for many years.”
Freeholder Director Ronald G Rios agrees: “The Commission’s success in operation comes from its comprehensive approach. This team employs mosquito management principles in a program that is environmentally sensitive, fiscally prudent and operationally effective for all who work and live in Middlesex County. The Board of Chosen Freeholders is proud to have them working to ensure that our environment is safe and healthy.”
For 100 years, the Mosquito Commission has served as part of a statewide organized mosquito control program in partnership with federal, state and local governments and Rutgers University’s NJ Agricultural Experiment Station, which provides outreach services to educate others on preventing mosquito habitats and learning the proper use of repellents and mosquitocides.
Currently, the Mosquito Extermination Commission inspects and treats on a regular basis, over 14,000 mosquito sources as well as aerially treating over 100 upland and marsh areas. Annually, over 28,000 catch basins are treated for mosquito control, and in the past decade alone approximately 12,000 scrap tires that breed mosquitoes have been retrieved as part of the Commission’s Tire Abatement Program.
Throughout the year, the Commission will participate in a series of public outreach events on mosquito biology, prevention techniques, property maintenance for mosquito source reduction and actions that residents can take to combat mosquito nuisance and mosquito borne diseases.
For more information about the Commission’s mosquito control program and activities for the 100th anniversary, call 732-549-0665.