New Jersey is home to all kinds of beautiful wildlife - including black bears.
Black bears are getting a lot of attention these days, for the wrong reasons. They're venturing too close to homes and into backyards, looking for food. Bears that look for food near your home or in your yard likely have learned bad habits from people who feed them intentionally, or unintentionally by carelessly leaving out food or garbage.
People who feed bears think they're helping them. But it only invites trouble. It can make them a nuisance or even aggressive. when that happens, the bears must be destroyed to protect your family and your neighbors. What's more, it's illegal to feed bears in New Jersey. Anyone who feeds bears could face a penalty of up to $1,000 for each offense.
Taking steps to avoid attracting bears with food or garbage is the best way to prevent them from becoming a nuisance near your home.
Here's what you can do to be a Good Neighbor - Be Bear Aware:
Use bear proof garbage containers, if possible. They offer the best protection. Otherwise, store all garbage in containers with tight-fitting lids and place them along the inside walls of your garage, or in the basement, a sturdy shed or other secure area.
Put out garbage on collection day, not the night before.
Wash garbage containers with disinfectant solution at least once a week to remove odors. Draping rags soaked in bleach over your garbage bags also help to eliminate odors.
Feed dogs and cats outside during daylight hours only. Immediately after feeding pets, remove all uneaten food and scraps as well as food bowls.
Clean outdoor grills thoroughly after each use. Grease and food residue will attract bears.
Do not place meat or any sweet food in compost piles.
Feed birds only between December 1 and April 1 when bears are least active. Suspend bird feeders from a free hanging wire, making sure the bottom of the feeder is at least 10 feet off the ground. Clean up spilled seeds and shells.
Pick up any fruit that falls from fruit trees daily, and discard it in garbage containers with tight fitting lids.
Consider installing electric fencing to protect crops, beehives and small livestock, if you live in an area with a large black bear population.
Report black bear damage or nuisance behavior to your local police department or the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection's Division of Fish and Wildlife at 908-735-8793.
Public Notice for Adult Mosquito Control Treatment
Mosquito control is everyone's responsibility; please do your part by preventing mosquito production on your property. For more information on mosquitoes and mosquito control, contact the Middlesex County Mosquito Extermination Commission (MCMEC) at 732-549-0665 and/or visit our website at www.co.Middlesex.nj.us/mosquito/index.asp. In compliance with section 9.10 and 9.15 of the New Jersey Pesticide Control Code (N.J.A.C. Title 7, Chapter 30) the MCMEC may be applying mosquito control products for the control of adult mosquito populations on an area-wide basis, as needed, throughout Middlesex County during the period of May 1st, through October 31st .
The mosquito control products used will be those recommended by the New Jersey Agricultural Experiment Station (NJAES) Rutgers University for the control of adult mosquitoes which include: Malathion (Fyfanon ULV®,Atrapa", or MicroFloMalathion@); Etofenprox (Zenivex'" E20/ requiring dilution or Zenivex® E4/ ready to use). Products will be applied from the ground by truck or handheld equipment and/or by aircraft, all using low volume (LV) or ultra low volume (ULV) techniques. All applications will be according to product labeling.
Contact the National Pesticide Information Center at 1-800-858-7378 for routine pesticide related health inquiries. Call the New Jersey Pesticide Control Program at 1-609-984-6507 for pesticide regulation information, pesticide complaints and health referrals. In the case of any pesticide emergency please contact the New Jersey Poison Information and Education System at 1-800-222-1222. "Upon request the MCMEC shall provide a resident with notification at least 12 hours prior to the application/ except for Quarantine and Disease Vector Control only, when conditions necessitate pesticide applications sooner than that time". This phone number/website is for updated information on time and location of adult mosquito control application(s); 732-549-0665 www.co.middlesex.nj.us/mosquito/spray.asp. Those seeking further information regarding the MCMECactivities are requested to contact the Superintendent/ MCMECat 732-549-0665, 200 Parsonage Road, Edison, NJ 08837.
January has been declared as Radon Awareness Month
New Jersey State Statue 27:5-9 prohibits the placing of signs (political or otherwise) on public utility poles. Section 27:5-9f states, "A sign may not be painted, drawn, erected or maintained upon trees, rocks, other natural features or public utility poles."
Section 27:5-16 prescribes penalties ranging from $50 to $500 for each offense.
Each day of the violation may be deemed to be a separate offense.
This notice would also pertain to Garage Sale notices throughout the Borough posted on trees, rocks, or public utility poles are prohibited.