Mosquito/tick season is almost here. 

Learn more about ticks and tick-borne illnesses from the CDC.

Mosquitos need standing water to breed. Here are some tips for making your property mosquito-unfriendly:

  • Dispose of tin cans, plastic containers, ceramic pots or similar water-holding containers that have accumulated on your property. 

  • Pay special attention to discarded tires that may have accumulated. The used tire has become the most important domestic mosquito producer in this country. 

  • Drill holes in the bottom and elevate recycling containers that are left out of doors.
  • Clean clogged roof gutters on an annual basis, particularly if the leaves from surrounding trees have a tendency to plug up the drains. Roof gutters are easily overlooked but can produce millions of mosquitoes each season. 

  • Turn over plastic wading pools when not in use. A wading pool becomes a mosquito producer if it is not used on a regular basis. 

  • Turn over wheelbarrows and do not allow water to stagnate in bird baths.
  • Aerate ornamental pools or stock them with fish. Water gardens are fashionable but become major mosquito producers if they are allowed to stagnate. 

  • Clean and chlorinate swimming pools that are not being used. A swimming pool that is left untended can produce enough mosquitoes to result in neighborhood-wide complaints. Be aware mosquitoes may even breed in the water that collects on pool covers. 

  • Use landscaping to eliminate standing water that collects on your property. Mosquitoes will develop in any puddle that lasts more than four days.
  • Maintain mechanical barriers, such as window and door screens, to prevent mosquitoes from entering buildings. Barriers over rain barrels or cistern and septic pipes will deny female mosquitoes the opportunity to lay eggs on water. 

  • If you have problems controlling mosquitoes, contact the Middlesex County Mosquito Extermination Commission.

The Highland Park Board of Health, staffed by community volunteers and student representatives, works in close cooperation with the Mayor, the Borough Council, the Board of Education, and the Middlesex County Health Department to address the public health needs of Highland Park residents. In accordance with state-wide minimum standards, the Board implements state laws and regulations relating to public health in the Borough.

The Board of Health monitors public health issues that may affect our locality and responds to health-related queries from our residents. The Board may pass health ordinances, such as those defining public health and noise nuisances and regulating age-of-sale of tobacco/smoking products. Members play a role in developing and disseminating health information and services to our community.

The Borough contracts with Middlesex County to provide an Inspector for Highland Park who oversees important services, such as food service inspections and investigation of complaints related to health hazards including lack of heat in rented dwellings. The Inspector reports directly to the Board.

We welcome input from the citizens of Highland Park.