(Lindenwold, NJ) – Early Monday morning, the Mosquito Control Commission will be in community spraying and monitoring areas in Camden County. The summer weather created an ideal environment for mosquito breeding.
With rain forecast over the weekend, Commissioner Jeff Nash, liaison with the Camden County Mosquito Commission, spoke about being aware of standing water.
“It’s important to remember that after any rain, homeowners should check their yard and remove any standing water to help eliminate the mosquito threat,” Nash said. “Mosquitoes need standing water to breed, so you can keep them away from your property by removing water from places like flower pots and containers. This helps us reduce the pest population in your neighborhood and contributes to the efforts of the Camden County Mosquito Control Commission.”
The Camden County Mosquito Commission will be conducting ULV “spraying” operations on Monday, July 4 between 2 a.m. and 6 a.m. in the following locations:
Aquarium Buckle Dr
Martin Luther King Boulevard
Mont Clement Avenue
Branch E Avenue
I 12e Avenue
E 10E Avenue
E 9e Avenue
E 8e Avenue
E 6e Avenue
E 4th Ave
Golf View Ct
Ln flour mill
Mount View Drive
“The commission is working with Trenton Environmental Public Health Laboratories to check their samples for West Nile virus and other communicable diseases,” Nash said. “If a swimming pool tests positive, the Mosquito Commission comes back to spray the area. Sprays take place when mosquitoes are most active.
Mosquito spray is not harmful to humans or pets, but you should avoid direct contact if you have respiratory problems or are sensitive to irritants.
Residents should check their property for any objects that hold water for more than a few days. All stages of pre-adult mosquitoes (eggs, larvae, and pupae) must be in standing water to develop into adult mosquitoes.
- Swimming pools are a common problem. All swimming pools must be checked and maintained to keep them free of mosquitoes. Swimming pools can breed mosquitoes a few days after you stop adding chlorine or another disinfectant. Pool covers can catch rainwater and become a breeding ground for mosquitoes. Add a little chlorine to kill mosquitoes.
- Maintain mosquito nets to prevent adult mosquitoes from entering your home or business.
- Personal protection is strongly recommended if you are outdoors when mosquitoes may be active, usually at dawn and dusk. Insect repellents containing 10-35% DEET are very effective, however, be sure to follow label directions and take extra care with children and infants.
The Camden County Mosquito Commission suggests checking around your yard for mosquito breeding containers. Here is a checklist of tips to help eliminate mosquito breeding:
- Throw away unnecessary containers that hold water. Containers you want to keep should be turned upside down or drilled holes in the bottom so that all the water drains out.
- Raise the flower pots and empty the water from the dish below each week.
- Stock fish or add mosquito larvicide to ornamental ponds.
- Change the water in birdbaths, fountains and animal waterers weekly.
- Filter vents to septic tanks and other water tanks.
- Store large boats empty and small boats upside down. If covered, keep the tarp tight so that water does not collect on the tarp.
- Do not throw leaves or grass clippings into a sump or stream.
- Don’t let water pool on tarps or sagging awnings.
- Don’t let trash can lids fill with water.
- Check downspouts that may hold enough water for mosquito larvae to mature.
For more information or to report a problem, contact the Camden County Mosquito Commission at (856) 566-2945 or [email protected]