September 17, 2003
Volume 33, Number 255
Division of Parks and Recreation
Contact: Tom Moran, Mosquito Control
Section Division of Fish and Wildlife, phone: 302-836-2555
or Jason Gleockler, Office of Communications, phone: 302-739-4506
DNREC Plans Second Annual NCC Free Tire Drop-Off Day
The Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control's Mosquito
Control Section will hold the Second Annual Tire Drop Off for New Castle
County residents only from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 20. The
drop-off will be held at the Conservation Center on Old County Road just off
Route 896, south of the intersection of Routes 40 and 896 in Glasgow.
A maximum of four tires will be taken per vehicle. The tires must be without
rims and a have a maximum diameter of 33 inches.
The free tire drop-off is being held to reduce potential mosquito breeding
habitat around residential homes and communities. Old tires that collect and
hold water are prime breeding habitats for mosquitoes, and the recent wet
and steamy weather has propelled mosquito season into high gear.
Container breeding species are most closely associated with the West Nile
virus transmission cycle. In addition to tires, other man-made breeding
habitats are water holding containers such as buckets, rain barrels, clogged
rain gutters, wheelbarrows, tarps, toys and larger structures such as
neglected swimming pools.
"Residents can play an important part in the effort to reduce the
probability of disease transmission by dropping off tires and eliminating
other breeding containers in and around their properties," said Tom Moran,
New Castle Mosquito Control program manager.
Funding for the tire disposal will be contributed through the Delaware Solid
Waste Authority's (DSWA) Community Clean-up Initiative Program. After the
tires have been collected, they will be taken to DSWA for recycling.
Homeowner tips and information on mosquito biology will be available to
participating residents. DNREC also is distributing "Mosquitoes and West
Nile Virus in Delaware," a brochure that is a collaborative effort of DNREC,
Delaware Emergency Management Agency, the Division of Public Health, and the
Department of Agriculture.
The publication includes West Nile Virus prevention and protection
information and contact numbers of relevant agencies and offices. The
brochure is available online at the DEMA website, www.state.de.us/dema.
Click on Emergency Numbers, Natural Hazards, and then on Mosquitoes and West
Nile Virus in Delaware.
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