Mercer County is a generally low lying area sitting on the inner coastal plain adjacent to the Delaware River. Mercer County has one of the more diverse, urban/rural settings in New Jersey and has large areas that have the potential to breed mosquitoes. These areas need to be addressed as effectively as possible to control mosquitoes and the viruses they can spread. One of the best ways to control a pest over a large area is by approaching the area as area-wide integrated pest management. These areas include:
Wetlands (primarily freshwater)
Integrated pest management is an approach that focuses on multiple sources to control a pest; while area wide tries to group it all together and get everyone working at once. Mercer County Mosquito Control, which is operated under the Mercer County Division of Transportation is the lead agency overseeing mosquito testing, control, and education for Princeton.
Mercer County Mosquito Control employs four proven control techniques:
Biological Control-The use of other animals (fish, insects, bacteria, etc.)
Chemical Control-The use of pesticides
Environmental Control-Reduction of breeding habitat