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Mosquito Commission Concerned about Sandy Debris

Throughout the salt marsh, wreckage from the storm lays in wait for disease-carrying mosquitoes to lay their eggs.

Sandy has become known as a storm that destroyed many people's homes, but it is the homes that this storm has created that has officials with the Ocean County Mosquito Extermination Commission most concerned.

Throughout the salt marsh, wreckage from the storm lays in wait for potentially disease-carrying mosquitoes to lay their eggs in the wreckage's standing water.

Mosquito Extermination Commission member Richard Candeletti told Patch that the Commission is increasing the number of inspectors the agency has in anticipation of a busier-than-usual season, and is doing everything it can to inform the public about the dangers of standing water now.

Ocean County has two particular problems adding to its mosquito woes: Catch-basins, many of which do not drain properly and sit along roadways and housing developments, and many abandoned or foreclosed homes with swimming pools or debris that provide perfect breeding grounds for the bugs. These foreclosures could get worse, as many residents have indicated they may have to abandon their homes if they cannot afford to fix them in accordance with suggested Federal Emergency Management Agency's new Advisory Base Flood Elevation maps.

Complicating matters, according to Brendan Weiner, is the fact that there are jurisdictional issues relating to who can actually clean up the marshland. Candeletti agreed, noting: "At this point in time, other than some permits we have to do work on marsh ... we don't have a green light to go ahead and clean this area up. We are working with the state and the county to try and inform them of the problem."

Speaking at a recent Manchester Council meeting, Weiner said: "It only takes a soda cap full of water to provide a breeding ground, and here we have garbage can lids, and sheds and all sort so debris, so this area is going to be a haven for mosquito breeding." He urged the public to be vigilant about reducing breeding habitats around their homes.

TIPS TO LESSEN BREEDING HABITAT

Hoping to minimize your property's potential to be the perfect mosquito breeding ground? Here are some tips from the commission:

  • Dispose of unwanted containers that can hold water (tires, bottles, cans, buckets, barrels, etc.)
  • Store unused containers in an upside-down position. 
  • Change water in bird baths.
  • Keep roof gutters and drainage ditches cleared.
  • Properly grade property and eliminate any areas where water can collect, such as tire ruts
shorecorruption January 26, 2013 at 01:13 AM
How many loads have the inspectors carried out so far.?
aatheras January 26, 2013 at 02:36 AM
they should look at some of the sedge islands off Chadwick which are loaded with too numerous to count ROBO garbage cans blue and gray on the islands and submerged around it now filled with sand/muck. they will never breakdown and are an environmental hazard and expensive at that. hopefully the towns that own them will make arrangements to bring them home someday.
ed crowley January 26, 2013 at 01:29 PM
The President said there would be no red tape so start picking up the wreckage. Who would complain? The people need less talk and more action.
John Eric Mangino January 26, 2013 at 05:43 PM
There are no restrictions permits needed nothing that was been cleared threw the efforts of Sailors for Sandy the Mayors office in Stafford township and the Governors office . Its the who's gonna pay for GIg going on here . The commission did a great job removing boats but where told in uncertain words NO DEBRIS . its a money gig someone wants to get paid for it and bill us millions more . Sailors for Sandy I started to do it with Public funding and Volunteers . Corporations want be green then sponsor a site to clean . First ones that should be in line donating are all the dumpster companies that have made a windfall of money off the county and state . They should be required to give back .Next the Insurance companies , read this story here in the patch . want to clean a marsh we can all do it . http://barnegat-manahawkin.patch.com/blog_posts/sailors-for-sandy-we-clean-marshes
Liane January 26, 2013 at 09:00 PM
Good point!

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