MIDDLETOWN, NJ: Got mosquitos? Due to concerns regarding West Nile Virus, Monmouth County Mosquito Control has scheduled an adult mosquito control operation in several neighborhoods in Middletown.

Beginning Saturday, September 12th from 4:00 AM to 7:00 AM, truck-mounted ultra-low volume sprayers will be dispensing Duet Dual-Action® Adulticide in the Red Hill Road area between Bamm Hollow Road and the Garden State Parkway.  The route will continue down Kings Highway East area between Sleepy Hollow Road and Chapel Hill Road. The area  between Normandy Road and East Road (South of Route 36) on Tuesday, September 15th from 5:00-7:00 AM will be treated using Zenivex.

Mosquito Control will be using the products Zenivex and Duet Dual-Action® Adulticide. The spray equipment is mounted in the bed of a pick-up truck and emits an Ultra-Low Volume (ULV) mist of pesticide. Spraying area map, details and additional information can be found at www.middletownnj.org/MosquitoControl.

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While the United States Environmental Protection Agency does not require special precautions to be taken, those wishing to limit their exposure should stay indoors, bring in children’s toys and pet bowls, and turn off the intake fan in window air conditioners. 

The operation is weather-dependent. Weather cancellations will be posted as soon as possible. Visit www.visitmonmouth.com/mosquito for updates.

According to the CDC, Mosquito bites can make you sick. Disease epidemics from viruses spread by mosquitoes are happening more often, including recent dengue outbreaks in many countries worldwide, the Zika epidemic (2015-2017), and the chikungunya epidemic (2013-2014). West Nile virus is the most common virus spread by mosquitoes in the continental United States. In the United States, people can also get sick from less common viruses spread by mosquitoes, like Eastern equine encephalitis or St. Louis encephalitis. From 2004 to 2018, most US cases of dengue,chikungunya, and Zika were reported in US territories.

Protect against mosquito bites:

  • Use insect repellent: When used as directed, Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)-registered insect repellents are proven safe and effective, even for pregnant and breastfeeding women. Use an (EPA)-registered insect repellentexternal icon with one of the following active ingredients:
    • DEET
    • Picaridin
    • IR3535
    • Oil of lemon eucalyptus (OLE)
    • Para-menthane-diol (PMD)
    • 2-undecanone
  • Cover up: Wear long-sleeved shirts and long pants.
  • Keep mosquitoes outside: Use air conditioning or window and door screens. If you are not able to protect yourself from mosquitoes inside your home or hotel, sleep under a mosquito bed net.

Learn more about mosquito bites and prevention