Thursday, August 25, 2016
The Atlantic County Office of Mosquito Control has scheduled two ground sprays for a portion of Egg Harbor Township due to recent surveillance of arbovirus activity that is often associated with mosquitoes, ticks or sand flies.
Ground sprays are conducted as part of the county’s ongoing efforts to control adult mosquitoes and prevent the transmission 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 8 PM and 10 PM on Friday, August 26 and Monday, August 29. The area to be treated is bounded bythe Black Horse Pike, Tower Avenue, Scarborough Drive, Shires Way, Cates Road, and McKee 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) 645-5972, 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. Other protective measures include keeping grass cut short and yards maintained, repairing and replacing ripped window and door screens, using EPA-registered insect repellants and wearing long sleeves and pants to prevent mosquito bites.
For more information, visit: www.atlantic-county.org/mosquito-control/spraying-advisory.asp or call the West Nile Virus hotline at 1-877-64FACTS.