Thursday, July 28, 2016
The Atlantic County Office of Mosquito Control has scheduled two ground sprays for additional portions of Northfield after confirming two more mosquito pool samples in Northfield that tested positive for West Nile Virus. The ground sprays are conducted as part of an ongoing effort to control adult mosquitoes and prevent the spread of mosquito-borne illnesses. There are no other Atlantic County communities scheduled for spraying at this time. The ground spray applications will take place, weather permitting, between 5 AM and 6 AM on Friday, July 29 and Monday, August 1. The area to be treated is bounded by Mt. Vernon Avenue, Shore Road, Oak View Drive, Wabash Avenue, Tilton Road, Infield Avenue and First Avenue.
The ground sprays will be conducted using Scourge, the trade name for resmethrin, applied as an ultra low volume aerosol. The Environmental Protection Agency does not require people to relocate or take special precautions during mosquito control spraying. The public may choose to avoid or minimize exposure by staying indoors during application; keeping windows shut; window fans and air conditioning off or set to circulate indoor air; keeping children's toys indoors; keeping pets and their food, water dishes and toys indoors.
For health information about the pesticides to be applied in this area, call the Atlantic County Division of Public Health at (609) 645-5971, ext. 4277.
Mosquito Control officials remind residents of the importance of removing standing water from their properties and cleaning their gutters to eliminate potential mosquito breeding grounds. For more information, call the West Nile Virus hotline at 1-877-64FACTS.