Camden County conducting mosquito spraying in Voorhees Friday morning

Mosquito

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.

“The latest forecast is calling for scattered showers Thursday morning. Even the smallest amount of standing water can allow mosquitoes to thrive. All homeowners should check their yard and remove any standing water to help eliminate the threat,” said Freeholder Jeff Nash, liaison to the Camden County Mosquito Commission. “This simple act can help reduce the pest population in your neighborhood, and assist the efforts of the Camden County Mosquito Control Commission.”

The Camden County Mosquito Commission will be conducting ULV “spraying” operations in the following Voorhees locations:

— Bradford Way

— Chippenham Drive

— Edge Hill Lane

— Eastwood Drive

— Eastwood Court

— Woodstone Drive

— Hazelhurst Drive

— Chipley Run

— Bronwood Drive

“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, 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 residents should avoid direct contact if they have respiratory concerns or are sensitive to irritants.

“Although there have been no locally transmitted cases of Zika Virus from mosquitoes reported in New Jersey at this time, the Camden County Department of Health and Human Services is working closely with the CDC and the New Jersey Department of Health to actively monitor the situation,” said Freeholder Carmen Rodriguez, liaison to the Camden County Department of Health and Human Services.

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 residents 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 one’s home or business.

— Personal protection is strongly urged if residents 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 one’s 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 one 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.

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