About Environmental Affairs
The mission of Essex County’s Division of Environmental Affairs is to provide effective, safe, economical, and environmentally friendly management of mosquito populations throughout the county.
When is the Division active?
Mosquito control is a year round activity. Generally, the seasonal control operations start in March with the hatching of snowpool mosquito species and continue into November until the temperatures drop significantly.
Although the Division of Environmental Affairs is most active during the summer season, many activities are also undertaken during the winter. Follow-up record keeping on the season’s mosquito activity at all the larval sites continues beyond the active mosquito season. The inspection routes are revised, surveillance data analyzed to identify areas of high mosquito populations and virus activity, appropriate permits are pursued, equipment is maintained, and plans and protocols revised for the following season. Public education is also another important component of the activities of the Division of Environmental Affairs. Agency personnel are available for mosquito education presentations at local schools and community and civic centers.
Message from the Division Superintendent
In these pages, you will find information regarding the surveillance and control of mosquito species throughout Essex County, New Jersey. Our division works to ensure that residents of the county are able to remain free of the nuisances and health hazards potentially caused by mosquitoes. We have provided as much information as possible, along with links to other sources for information on mosquito control.