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Mosquito Spraying Scheduled For Several Camden County Towns Monday Night

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CAMDEN, N.J., (CBS) – Mosquito spraying is scheduled for several towns in Camden County Monday night.

The Camden County Mosquito Commission will conduct spraying between 7:30 p.m. and 11:30 p.m. weather permitting at the following locations:

Audubon
Hopkins Road, Bringhurst Road, Park Place, Paris Avenue, East Nicholson Road and East Merchant Street

Pennsauken
Park Avenue, Maple Avenue, South Cove Road, Pleasant Avenue, High Street, Horner Avenue, Collins Avenue, Bailey Avenue and Haddonfield Road

Camden
Harrison Avenue, N 27th Street and 36th Street

Winslow Township
Seven Causeways Road

“The mosquito spray is not harmful to humans or pets, but you should avoid direct contact if you have respiratory concerns or are sensitive to irritants,” said Freeholder Jeffrey Nash, liaison to the County’s  Division of Environmental Affairs in a statement on Camden County’s website.

“The Camden County Mosquito Commission encourages residents to continue to safeguard against the pests,” said Nash.  “While the chance of becoming ill is relatively small, there are things you can do to protect yourself and your family.”

According to the Mosquito Commission, 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.

The Mosquito Commission says 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 you 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 your home or business.

Personal protection is strongly urged if you 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 Mosquito Commission also suggests checking around your 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 you 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.