The Divsion of Public Health is in the Department of Human Services offers comprehensive health services to enhance your work, your family, your neighborhood and your life.
201 South Shore Road, Stillwater Building
Northfield
New Jersey
08225
United States
  • +1 (609) 645-5935 work +1 (609) 645-5931 fax
  • Department of Human Services

    Division of Public Health

    Health Topics - Healthy Eating and Active Living

     

    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.

    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.

    The Division 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.

    Back to Top back to top