TRENTON, N.J. (CBSNewYork/AP) — Rebuilding after Superstorm Sandy is raising the risk of more mosquitoes in New Jersey.
The state Department of Health say the storm has left behind wet debris piles and depressions from fallen trees. Mosquitoes will breed in standing water.
“This season will be especially challenging because Superstorm Sandy has created new places for mosquitoes to breed,” Health Commissioner Mary O’Dowd said in a statement. “It’s important to remove, clean or repair anything that can collect rain or sprinkler water.”
Health officials say it’s important to empty water from flower pots, birdbaths and swimming pool covers. The department also said remove discarded tires.
State epidemiologist Tina Tan told WCBS 880’s Jim Smith you also shouldn’t forget to check your rain gutters.