Gloucester County receives state funds for mosquito control
Freeholder Director Robert M. Damminger and Freeholder Heather Simmons announced today that the Gloucester County Division of Mosquito Control will receive $30,325 in state aid funds for additional mosquito identification and control efforts.
Director Damminger said, "Every day the Gloucester County Division of Mosquito Control staff is working closely with state and local authorities to ensure that every effort is made to protect the residents of Gloucester County from mosquito-borne diseases."
Freeholder Simmons noted that the funds received will be used to purchase additional chemicals, surveillance equipment and machinery that will be utilized for adulticiding and larviciding any sites that the Zika Virus or other mosquito-borne diseases may be detected.
Simmons, who serves as liaison to the Gloucester County Department of Public Works said, “Additional surveillance equipment will bolster our existing program and will allow us to monitor more mosquito breeding areas and help increase our efforts to control this problem and protect the residents of Gloucester County.”
The Gloucester County Mosquito Control Division receives and responds to requests from County residents, schools, businesses and organizations and will provide application of EPA approved pesticides upon request.
Simmons said, “Our Mosquito Control employees work tirelessly, surveilling, detecting and controlling any identified mosquito borne areas in Gloucester County.”
Residents are encouraged to protect their home from becoming potential mosquito breeding habitats by doing the following:
· Empty or get rid of cans, buckets, old tires, pots, plant saucers and other container that hold water;
· Keep gutters clear of debris and standing water;
· Remove standing water around structures and from flat roofs;
· Change water in pet dishes daily;
· Rinse and scrub vases and other indoor water containers weekly;
· Change water in wading pools and birdbaths several times a week;
· Maintain backyard pools or hot tubs;
· Cover trash containers;
· Water lawns and gardens carefully so water does not stand for several days;
· Screen rain barrels and openings to water tanks or cisterns;
· Treat front and back door areas of homes with residual insecticides if mosquitoes are abundant nearby.
Gloucester County Mosquito Control can be reached Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. at (856) 307-6400.
The Gloucester County Health Department will investigate and/or work closely with local officials to assure abatement of conditions that support mosquito breeding habitats, such as standing water. Contact the Gloucester County Health Department with any concerns and/or complaints, Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at (856) 218-4170.