VIDEO: New Jersey to Spend Millions to Eliminate Disease Carrying Mosquitoes
NEW JERSEY - New Jersey is slated to spend more than $10 million this year to battle pesky, potentially disease-carrying mosquitoes. Each of New Jersey's 21 counties is legally mandated to maintain a mosquito control commission tasked with tracking and controlling the insect population as best it can. Since 1991, the state has utilized larva-eating minnows as part of a more natural approach to curbing the mosquito population. New Jersey also uses environmentally approved insecticide fogs and pellets, but Burlington County Entomologist Tom Verna says more than 90% of those pesticides only kill larvae, not flying insects. Experts say that you can help control the mosquito population by removing any standing water from your property, that's what the insects need to breed.