Mosquito spraying schedule for Camden County

-Submitted by Camden County-

The Camden County Mosquito Commission regularly checks several thousand suspected mosquito breeding sites across the county. Mosquito spraying is scheduled on an as needed basis based upon the results of their surveillance efforts.

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The Camden County Mosquito Commission will be spraying this evening, Sept. 17 in: Lindenwold on Andrea Avenue, Bilper Avenue, Crowland Avenue, Winthrop Avenue, Aman Avenue and Countess Avenue; Mount Ephraim on baseball/softball fields; Voorhees Township at Centennial Mill; and Winslow Township on Oak Street, Grove Street, Wimbledon Run, Waltham Run, Walton Court, Catherine Court and Oak Avenue.

“Our county mosquito commission works with the Public Health Environmental Laboratories in Trenton to verify the presence of West Nile Virus in their samples,” said Freeholder Jeffrey Nash, liaison to the Camden County Mosquito Commission. “When a pool tests positive for West Nile Virus, the mosquito Commission returns within 24 hours to spray the area. The sprayings take place in the evening when the mosquitoes are most active.”

According to the Centers for Disease Control, the main route of human infection with West Nile Virus is through the bite of an infected mosquito. Mosquitoes become infected when they feed on infected birds. Individuals over the age of 50 are more likely to develop serious symptoms of West Nile Virus, and should take special care to avoid being bitten by mosquitoes.

Residents should check their property for any object that holds water for more than a few days. All pre-adult mosquito stages (eggs, larvae, and pupae) must be in stagnant water in order to develop into adult mosquitoes.

Swimming pools are a common problem. All pools must be checked and maintained to keep them mosquito-free. Swimming pools can breed mosquitoes within days after you stop adding chlorine or other disinfectant. Pool covers can catch rainwater and become a mosquito development site. Add a little chlorine to kill mosquitoes.

Maintain screens to prevent adult mosquitoes from entering your home or business.

Personal protection is strongly urged if you are outside when mosquitoes may be active — generally dawn and dusk. Insect repellants containing between 10–35% DEET are very effective, however, be sure to follow the label directions and take extra precautions with children and infants.

The Camden County Mosquito Commission suggests checking around your yard for mosquito breeding containers. The following is a checklist of tips to help eliminate mosquito breeding:

Dispose of unnecessary containers that hold water. Containers you wish to save turn upside down or put holes in the bottom so all water drains out, lift up flowerpots and dump the water from the dish underneath every week, stock fish or add mosquito larvicide to ornamental ponds, change water in bird baths, fountains, and animal troughs weekly, screen vents to septic and other water tanks and store small boats upside down and large boats so they drain. If covered, keep the tarp tight so water does not pool on top of the tarp.

Do not dump leaves or grass clippings into a catch basin or streams, allow water to collect on sagging tarps or awnings or trashcan lids to fill with water.

Check downspouts that are able to hold enough water to allow mosquito larvae to mature.

“The Camden County Mosquito Commission encourages residents to continue to safeguard against the pests,” said Freeholder Nash. “While the chance of becoming ill is relatively small, there are things you can do to protect yourself and your family.”

For more information, or to report a problem, contact the Camden County Mosquito Commission at (856) 566–2945 or skeeters@camdencounty.com.

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