What is the State Mosquito Control Commission?
The State Mosquito Control Commission was established in 1956 to quickly draw from the expertise already available in New Jersey’s state departments and university to respond to mosquito control emergencies and to aid in mosquito control planning throughout the state. It is responsible for:
- protecting the general public from nuisance mosquitoes and the threat of mosquito-borne disease
- recommending changes in existing laws needed to efficiently carry on mosquito control efforts throughout the state
- reinforcing the use of only the most environmentally safe and efficient mosquito techniques, products and programs
- reviewing municipal and county mosquito control programs and projects to ensure their compliance with existing state and federal regulations and policies
- supporting the training of county mosquito control personnel and education of the general public with regard to mosquito biology, surveillance, and the various chemical, biological and water management techniques and practices used in the state’s abatement efforts
Who is on the State Mosquito Control Commission?
The commission includes 6 public members and 4 state officials. The Governor, with the advice and consent of the Senate, appoints the public members who serve for 4-years terms. Ex officio members include the Commissioners of the Department of Health, and Department of Environmental Protection, the Secretary of the Department of Agriculture, and the Director of the New Jersey Agricultural Experiment Station at Rutgers-the State University.
The commission is staffed full-time by the Office of Mosquito Control Coordination (OMCC) and is located within the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection. The Administrator of the Office of Mosquito Control Coordination serves as Secretary of The State Mosquito Control Commission.