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Health Threats from Backyard Pests

Insects such as mosquitoes and ticks are not only a nuisance, but also cause many illnesses such as:

  • Dengue Fever
  • West Nile Virus
  • Zika Virus
  • Lyme Disease

There are several steps that you can take to reduce mosquito (and other bug) bites:

  • Wear light colored long-sleeved shirts and long pants.
  • Check yourself for ticks and bug bites as soon as you come inside
  • Remove any standing water in flower pots, children's toys, old tires, etc.
  • Clean and chlorinate pools
  • Clear weeds and underbrush and trim shrubs
  • Mow your lawn as often as necessary to keep the grass from growing too tall
  • Use Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)-registered insect repellents.

Mosquito Information


The duration of the mosquito season can be surprisingly long and is dependent upon the amount of precipitation and seasonal temperatures.  It can begin as early as March and last up through the end of October.  There are numerous natural mosquito habitats in our area as well as backyard hotspots where mosquitos will breed.  Please educate yourself, spread the message and take steps to control mosquitoes in your backyard and reduce the threat of mosquito-borne diseases.  Check out the following resources for additional information.

Mosquito Proof Your Yard

For more information please CLICK HERE to read about ways to Mosquito-Proof Your Yard.

Zika Virus Information

NJ Public Health TV page
This page has the State of NJ Department of Health videos on Preparedness, Zika and Ebola.


Lyme Disease 

Lyme disease is an illness caused by infection with the bacterium Borrelia burgdorferi which is carried by ticks. It is spread to people by the bite of an infected tick.  In New Jersey, the most commonly infected tick is the deer tick.  Immature ticks become infected by feeding on infected white-footed mice and other small mammals, such as deer and meadow voles. This infection can cause a variety of symptoms and if left untreated can be severe.

Household Pets

Your household pets that spend time outdoors can get Lyme Disease too.  Don't forget to protect  them from fleas and ticks.  Check with your veterinarian to learn how to protect your pet.

Contact Us

Health Administrator
Teri Vacirca x7691

Health Officer
Kristin Reed

Administrative Assistant
Junior Abel x7619

Health Inspector
Carol Martin x7695

Heather Larovere x7686

Sharon Canulli x7685

Animal Control Officers
Rick Moore x7175
Junior Abel x7178

Office Phone

p: (609) 883-2900 ext. 7691
f: (609) 883-0215

Mailing Address
Township of Ewing
Public Health Officer
2 Jake Garzio Drive
Ewing, NJ 08628

Hours of Operation
(except holidays)
M-F 8:30am - 4:30pm

Municipal Building 
2 Jake Garzio Drive
Ewing, NJ 08628
(609) 883-2900 
 M-F: 8:30am - 4:30pm

Senior & Community Center 
999 Lower Ferry Road 
Ewing, NJ 08628 
(609) 883-1776 
 M-F: 8:30am - 4:30pm

Hollowbrook Community Center
320 Hollowbrook Drive
Ewing, NJ  08638
(609)  883-1199
M-F: 8:30am - 4:30pm

Scotch Road (Public Works) 
Bulk and Electronic Items 
Th-F: 7:00am - 3:00pm 
 Sat: 7:00am - 2:30pm

Jack Stephan Way (Brush Drop-off) 
M-Sat: 7:30am - 2:30pm 

Ewing Animal Shelter 
4 Jake Garzio Drive 
 (609) 771-8076

Ewing Police 
2 Jake Garzio Drive 
 (609) 882-1313

Ewing Branch Library 
61 Scotch Road 
 (609) 882-3130

Rental Property Concern Hotline 
 (609) 323-1177

Ewing Public Schools 
2099 Pennington Road
Ewing, NJ 08618
P: (609) 538-9800
F: (609) 538-0041

Weather Central 
Courtesy of PHVFC

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