ATLANTIC COUNTY, N.J. – The Atlantic County Office of Mosquito Control urges residents and visitors to “Fight the Bite” during National Mosquito Control Awareness Week, June 23-29.
In order to make yards a mosquito-free zone, the Office of Mosquito Control suggests eliminating or draining standing water that can collect in tires, recycling containers, flower pots, outdoor pet dishes, children’s toys and more. Mosquitoes do not travel far from where they breed so it is important to empty containers regularly.
The Office of Mosquito Control also recommends the use of an insect repellant whenever going outdoors. Repellents are an important tool to assist people in protecting themselves from mosquito-borne diseases. The Centers for Disease Control recommends the use of products containing active ingredients that have been registered by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency for use as repellents applied to skin and clothing and approved for efficacy and human safety when applied as directed. Be sure to follow product directions carefully and consult with your child’s doctor prior to using on children.
Try to avoid outdoor activities during dawn and dusk when mosquitoes are most active.
Clean clogged gutters; check and repair screen doors.
Mosquitoes are more than just a nuisance according to officials. They can carry diseases such as West Nile Virus. West Nile Virus is carried by infected mosquitoes and can be transmitted to birds, animals and humans. Most infected humans will not develop symptoms, according to the Centers for Disease Control, but those who do may experience a fever, headache and body aches, vomiting, diarrhea or rash.
Residents may report mosquito problems and locations of potential mosquito breeding sites in or around Atlantic County from a smartphone, tablet or computer, to the Atlantic County Office of Mosquito Control: atlantic-county.org/mosquito-app.