To reduce the annoyance of mosquito bites and prevent transmission of WNV and other
mosquito-borne infections, some common sense measures can be taken, including:
- Clean clogged roof gutters.
- Empty plastic pools when not in use and drain swimming pool covers.
- Change water in bird baths weekly, and flush sump pits.
- Stock ornamental ponds with goldfish.
- Check and repair screens and screen doors.
- Limit outdoor activity during dusk, dawn, and early evening when mosquitoes
are most active.
- Wear long-sleeved shirts, long pants, and socks when you are outdoors.
- Avoid areas with heavy underbrush and trees.
- Using insect repellents that contain 20-30 % DEET can be very effective in
preventing insect bites. Read the product label carefully. Insect repellents
such as those that contain DEET are not to be applied to bare skin.
Consult with your child's doctor prior to using on children. Do not
use insect repellents on children less than three years old. Get more information on choosing a repellent here.
What is Atlantic County Government doing?
Office of Mosquito Control employees regularly clean debris from Atlantic County streams and river banks.
The Mosquito Control Unit uses an Integrated Pest Management approach to provide countywide relief from mosquitoes
and protection from mosquito-borne disease.
Activities include eliminating breeding sources with environmentally sound water
management, carefully targeted application of state and federally approved
insecticides, and introduction of mosquito predators to breeding sites.
Mosquito control activities are based on a strong surveillance program
which monitors both mosquito populations and disease activity in mosquitoes.
of Public Health investigates suspected cases of disease in humans and
birds, provides public education to prevent illness, and responds to complaints
of mosquito breeding on private and public properties.