This program includes control of disease transmission from critters to humans. Of primary concern are bats, rats, certain insects, dogs and cats. Pets are the most common cause of bites, with dog bites occurring most often. Cat bites have a higher risk of infection due to their longer, sharper pointed teeth which may cause deeper puncture wounds. Stray and wild animals such as raccoons, skunks and bats also bite thousands of people each year.
Most of the recent cases of rabies in the U.S. in recent years have been caused by rabies virus from bats. The small teeth of a bat can make a bite difficult to find. If you woke up because a bat landed on your while you were sleeping or found a bat in your bedroom, you should contact Animal Control to safely capture the bat and have it tested for rabies. Awareness of the facts about rabies and bats can help protect yourself, your family and pets.
Mice and rats carry can spread disease (hantavirus). Rats and their fleas carry deadly diseases. They are attracted to open garbage cans, table scraps, trash piles and pet food. If you give them an opening, they will come into your home.
West Nile virus (WNV) can be transmitted to humans through mosquito bites. Mosquitoes become infected when they feed on infected birds that have high levels of WNV in their blood. Infected mosquitoes can then transmit WNV when they feed on humans or other animals. Small amounts of stagnant water where mosquitoes breed is a concern. We encourage everyone to identify areas on their property where stagnant water collects and either remove the containers or empty them once per week. Stagnant pools of water that may be breeding mosquitoes should be reported to the Morris County Mosquito Extermination Commission at 973-285-6450 or firstname.lastname@example.org