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County To Dig Trenches In Brick Neighborhood to Combat Mosquitoes

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Marsh areas off Knoll Crest Avenue in Brick. (Credit: Google Maps)
Marsh areas off Knoll Crest Avenue in Brick. (Credit: Google Maps)

Nothing is worse on a warm summer night than involuntarily offering yourself up as a snack for mosquitoes.

Brick residents know all too well that mosquitoes can ruin a night outdoors, but few know the importance of the role Barnegat Bay plays in keeping the insects under control. Before the summer season, the Ocean County Mosquito Extermination Commission will dig trenches in the large marshes off Knoll Crest Avenue in the township in order to allow bay water to flow through at high tide and wash away mosquito eggs that have been deposited there.

“Over the years, many of the ditches that have allowed proper tunnel flow through the salt marshes have deteriorated,” said Brick Township Council President Paul Mummolo.

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The silted-in ditches have allowed water to stagnate in recent years, increasing the number of mosquitoes in the area.

“What they’ll do is come in and re-dig these trenches to allow the tidal water to come in,” Mummolo explained. “The water won’t be stagnant.”

The township council this week passed a resolution authorizing the county to access township-owned lands where the salt marshes are located. The area where the work will be completed, Knoll Crest Avenue, is located off Mandalay Road and extends to the Seawood Harbor neighborhood, which fronts Barnegat Bay.


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  • #@#.com

    They dig lagoons in a salt marsh and make roads and build houses on the dredge. Then they wonder why their houses flood when a north east wind blows.

  • Joseph Woolston Brick

    We have a different problem here in our area of Brick, we have been blessed with an new breed of mosquito that makes the normal Jersey mosquito a welcomed visitor. They are called Asian Tiger Mosquitos. They are tiny, almost gnat sized, black and if you look very close you will see stripes on their legs hence the name Tiger. They are active all day and night long instead of just at night. You can’t feel them land, you can’t feel them biting and fifty to or so can land and bite and you won’t know it until about 5-10 minutes later when those bites start stinging and itching so bad your leg or arm feels like it’s on fire. They aren’t attracted to normal mosquito traps and their eggs have a special coating that lets them survive in the most brutal heat or cold and impervious to poisons. A female can lay a couple of thousand eggs in a dime sized puddle and even if that puddle dries up, the next time it fills up, the eggs will actually hatch, they are the most difficult mosquito to deal with. They stick to the area they generally were born in and just up the street there are none, come down a few blocks and they are everywhere. Just about our whole block has these things now, and using our back yards is almost impossible during the summer, they hide in our dogs fur and get into the house, I’ve actually been biten to hell and back in my own kitchen and the like to hide out in our kitchen sink drain. I’ll turn on the water and a bunch of them will come flying out of the sink drain. I’ve looked up on how to get rid of them and it turns out they are one tough cookie to get rid of here more info……
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Aedes_albopictus

    • Mac

      so you’re saying the Asian Tiger Mosquitoes are the elected representatives of the mosquito race?