By: Follow South Jersey Staff
CLAYTON, N.J. – While the yearly average of West Nile Virus cases in the state is relatively low, New Jersey residents still need to be on guard to take steps to protect themselves from mosquito borne illness.
To help residents stay safe, the Gloucester County Mosquito Control Division offers mosquito treatment by Gloucester County employees. This year, the county has made scheduling treatment easier by launching an online form to automatically scheduler treatment, according to Deputy Director Heather Simmons, Liaison to the Mosquito Division and Public Works.
“Our Mosquito Division is committed to the health and safety of our residents,” Director Frank J. DiMarco said in a press release from the county. “As temperatures get warmer, mosquitoes are breeding and becoming more active. Taking action now can reduce the mosquito population, prevent the spread of mosquito borne illnesses and rid them of biting you all summer long.”
After completing the online form, county employees will visit your home to spray registered insecticides from the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the NJ Department of Environmental Protection.
“We work closely with the EPA and DEP to ensure we are using safe insecticides to treat the mosquitos,” Simmons said. “The Mosquito Division will notify you when they are coming to spray, so you can take precautions like keeping pets and kids inside and making sure your windows are shut.”
Simmons reminds residents that mosquitos breed when there is standing water, so minimizing water around your home is a key defense against mosquitoes breeding and the transmission of mosquito borne illnesses.
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