SPOTSWOOD, NJ - Mosquito spraying is being conducted by the Middlesex County Mosquito Commission on Thursday, August 30 from 6:30 p.m. until 11:59 p.m. The rain date for the scheduled spraying is Friday, August 31. The areas being targeted will include streets between Crescent Avenue and Clyne Avenue as well as Old Stage Road though Karen Street. Spraying will also be done on Summerhill Road and adjacent areas up to the tennis courts.
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 the time spent outdoors during the hours of spraying.
- Bring pets indoors during the hours of spraying.
- Bring pet food and water dishes indoors during spraying hours.
- Take any clothing inside during spraying hours.
- Children's toys and bicycles should not be left outside while spraying is being conducted.
- Close windows during spraying hours.
- Turn off window fans during spraying hours.
- Turn window air conditioners to non-vent, which will prevent outside air from entering the home.
- Avoid contact with sprayed surfaces. It typically takes surfaces one hour to dry completely after being sprayed.
- If skin or eyes do come into direct contact with sprayed surfaces, they should be immediately washed and flushed with water.
In addition to the annoying bites and itching mosquitos cause adults and children every year, the insects are known disease carriers. In New Jersey, the most common mosquito-born illnesses are elephantiasis and the West Nile virus. The best defense against mosquito-borne illnesses remains controlling the mosquito population through regular scheduled spraying. Using mosquito repellant and eliminating standing water on individual properties can also help residents to avoid contact with the insects.