SPOTSWOOD, NJ - The Mosquito Control Commission will be conducting a spray mission on Thursday, August 10 from 7 p.m. through midnight in the areas of Old Stage Road, Crescent Avenue, Main Street and Clyn Avenue.
According to information provided by the Middlesex County Mosquito Commission, the methods being employed to diminish the mosquito population do not pose a health threat to residents. The methods have been approved and recommended by the United States Department of Environmental Protection as well as Rutgers University.
However, it is still recommended that residents take the following precautions:
- Limit time outdoors during the hours of spraying.
- Bring pets inside during spraying hours.
- Bring pet food and water dishes inside.
- Do not leave clothing outside during spraying hours.
- Bring children's toys and bicycles inside.
- Close windows during spraying hours.
- Turn off window fans .
- Turn window air conditioners to non-vent, which will close off the outside air from entering your home.
- Avoid direct contact with sprayed surfaces. It takes approximately one hour for sprayed surfaces to dry completely.
- If eyes or skin do come in contact with spray or wet surfaces, they should be immediately washed and flushed with water.
Mosquito-borne illnesses aren't a new concern though more attention has been shown on them due to the rise of the West Nile virus and most recently the Zika virus. In New Jersey, the most common mosquito-born illnesses are elephantiasis and the West Nile virus. In 2014, 25 Garden State residents tested positive for chikungunya, which is a mosquito-borne illness that causes fever, joint pain, headache, muscle aches, swelling and or a rash. Chikungunya cannot be spread by person-to-person contact and is rarely fatal.
The best defense against mosquito-borne illnesses remains controlling the mosquito population. Using mosquito repellant and eliminating standing water on individual properties can also help residents to avoid contact with the pesky insects.