Take Precautions to Reduce Mosquito
BreedingResidents asked to monitor property after rainfall to address standing water
(Sewell, NJ) – Due to the recent heavy rainfall causing flooding and standing water there has been an increase in mosquito breeding. Gloucester County officials are reminding residents to take the necessary precautions regarding mosquitoes as they can cause West Nile Virus.
West Nile Virus (WNV) is a potentially serious illness that can flare up due to standing and ponding water; therefore residents need to remain vigilant about maintaining their property.
Anyone can become infected with WNV. Symptoms of the virus are often very mild and may include fever, body aches, nausea, vomiting and a rash. About 80 percent of people who are infected show no symptoms at all. WNV is spread to humans from the bite of an infected mosquito.
The following are simple steps that residents can follow to reduce the presence of mosquitoes:
· Dispose of old cans, plastic buckets, ceramic pots and additional containers that may collect water.
· Properly dispose of old tires as they can collect water to produce thousands of mosquitoes in one year.
· Clean gutters annually as water can pond in such areas and allow mosquito breeding.
· Turn over plastic wading pools when they are not in use.
· Be sure to wear insect repellent when outside during the day as well as dusk and dawn. There are species of mosquitoes out in the day in addition to mosquitoes that are active during dusk and dawn.
· Continue to monitor your property after each rainfall to address all standing water.
Gloucester County Mosquito Control is working hard to respond to all calls from residents requesting assistance. For more information on West Nile Virus contact the Gloucester County Department of Health and Senior Services at (856) 218-4170. With specific problems related to increased mosquitoes on your property call the Gloucester County Mosquito Control Office at (856)-307-6400.