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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 Sept. 20

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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