ELIZABETH, NJ - Due to recent confirmed human cases and a positive mosquito sample of Eastern Equine Encephalitis (EEE) in Berkeley Heights, Union County Mosquito Control is scheduled to treat sections of Summit adjacent to Watchung Reservation and the Passaic River corridor -- weather permitting -- by helicopter application on Wednesday, October 2, between the hours of 7 - 10 p.m.
Residents who live in these areas and their pets are advised to remain indoors during this specified time period.
According to Union County Mosquito Control Bureau Chief Ralph Strano, “These public health efforts are necessary to knock down potential bridge vector mosquito species in the area, documented through our mosquito surveillance efforts, while further reducing the threat of disease transmission.”
Temperature plays a critical role in mosquito activity and weather conditions need to be suitable for the aerial spraying to occur. Please check ucnj.org/engineering-public-works-facilities-management/bureau-of-mosquito-control/ for further information, including contact information for residents with questions.
There are five other municipalities involved in this planned operation: Berkeley Heights, Mountainside, New Providence, Scotch Plains and Springfield.