Camden County Mosquito Commission conducts mosquito spraying in Voorhees Sept. 16

Camden County Mosquito Commission conducts mosquito spraying in Voorhees Sept. 16

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

“As the warm weather continues, so does the threat of mosquito bites. Please continue to inspect your yard and remove all standing water to reduce the mosquito population,” said Freeholder Jeffrey Nash, liaison to the Camden County Mosquito Commission. “This simple act can help eliminate the pest population in your neighborhood, and assist the efforts of the commission.”

The commission will conduct spraying on September 16 from 2 to 6 a.m. in the following Audubon Park, Oaklyn, Collingswood,Haddon Township, Hi-Nella, Voorhees Township and Waterford Township.

In Voorhees specifically the commission will spray Merryton Street, Festival Drive, Lucky Court and John Connolly Park.

“The commission works with the Public Health Environmental Laboratories in Trenton to verify the presence of West Nile Virus and other communicable diseases in their samples,” Nash said. “If a pool tests positive for West Nile Virus the Mosquito Commission returns to spray the area. The sprayings take place when the mosquitoes are most active.”

The mosquito spray is not harmful to humans or pets, but you should avoid direct contact if you have respiratory concerns or are sensitive to irritants.

According to the Centers for Disease Control, the main route of human infection with West Nile Virus is through the bite of a 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.

-Store large boats so they drain and small boats upside down. 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.

-Do not allow water to collect on sagging tarps or awnings.

-Do not allow trashcan lids to fill with water.

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

“The commission encourages residents to continue to safeguard against these insects all summer long,” Nash said. “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.