West Nile infected mosquitos found in Moorestown Township

Mosquito traps placed in the vicinity of sewage treatment plants in Moorestown and Mount Holly have turned up positive samples of West Nile Virus, according to the Burlington County Mosquito Division.

As a result, the division treated adult mosquitoes on Thursday, July 5.

The positive samples brought the total of West Nile mosquitoes trapped this season up to three. The first was identified in late May in Pemberton Township.

Areas within approximately one-half mile of each sewerage plant were treated. A truck-mounted sprayer applied pesticides in a mist form.

The Mount Holly plant is located at 300 Rancocas Road, in close proximity to the Mount Holly Bypass. The Moorestown sewerage plant is located at 250 Pine Street.

The Mosquito Division routinely places traps throughout the County during the warm weather season, to identify the presence of mosquitoes carrying West Nile Virus, Eastern Equine Encephalitis, and St. Louis Encephalitis.

Residents are reminded to take precautions against mosquito bites by using repellent, wearing long sleeves and long pants, and by trying to limit outdoor activity when mosquitoes are most active, during dawn and dusk.

Residents should also clean or remove any items on their personal property that can collect rain or sprinkler water and serve as a breeding ground for mosquitoes, such as clogged gutters, flowerpots, bottle caps or old car tires. They should also completely change water in birdbaths at least once a week and should repair window and door screens.