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Seeing mosquito problems? Contact the county commission

After last week’s heavy rains, there is plenty of standing water in Barrington and surrounding communities — perfect conditions for mosquitoes to breed.

Isolated mosquito 02In recent weeks, the Camden County Mosquito Commission has scheduled spraying in Haddonfield, Bellmawr, Haddon Heights, Lawnside, Oaklyn, Audubon, Cherry Hill and Somerdale, among other communities, but has not sprayed in Barrington.

As of last week, the commission had not scheduled spraying in the borough, but a representative said if residents think their neighborhood needs to be sprayed, they should contact the commission at skeeters@camdencounty.com or (856) 566-2945.

Upon receiving a request, the commission will send out an inspector to check the area around your home for mosquito larvae and can schedule an evening spray if needed.

Mosquitoes can be more than a nuisance, the commission warned.

“A … serious problem with the blood sucking of mosquitoes is the spread of diseases. Various types of life-threatening encephalitis occur throughout South Jersey in humans and domestic animals. Dog heart worm is widespread in dogs and occasionally in cats. Malaria has struck in Camden County in recent years but is very rare,” the commission’s site notes.

From their site:

“The mosquito spray is not harmful to humans or pets, but you should avoid direct contact if you have respiratory concerns or are sensitive to irritants,” said Freeholder Jeffrey Nash, liaison to the County’s  Division of Environmental Affairs Residents should check their property for any object that holds water for more than a few days.  All pre-adult mosquito stages (eggs, larvae, and pupae) must be in stagnant water in order to develop into adult mosquitoes.
·         Swimming pools are a common problem.  All pools must be checked and maintained to keep them mosquito-free.  Swimming pools can breed mosquitoes within days after you stop adding chlorine or other disinfectant.  Pool covers can catch rainwater and become a mosquito development site. Add a little chlorine to kill mosquitoes.

·         Maintain screens to prevent adult mosquitoes from entering your home or business.

·         Personal protection is strongly urged if you are outside when mosquitoes may be active—generally dawn and dusk.  Insect repellants containing between 10-35% DEET are very effective, however, be sure to follow the label directions and take extra precautions with children and infants.

The Camden County Mosquito Commission suggests checking around your yard for mosquito breeding containers.  The following is a checklist of tips to help eliminate mosquito breeding:

  • Dispose of unnecessary containers that hold water.  Containers you wish to save turn upside down or put holes in the bottom so all water drains out.
  • Lift up flowerpots and dump the water from the dish underneath every week.
  • Stock fish or add mosquito larvicide to ornamental ponds.
  • Change water in bird baths, fountains, and animal troughs weekly.
  • Screen vents to septic and other water tanks.
  • Store large boats so they drain and small boats upside down.  If covered, keep the tarp tight so water does not pool on top of the tarp.
  • Do not dump leaves or grass clippings into a catch basin or streams.
  • Do not allow water to collect on sagging tarps or awnings.
  • Do not allow trashcan lids to fill with water.
  • Check downspouts that are able to hold enough water to allow mosquito larvae to mature.

“The Camden County Mosquito Commission encourages residents to continue to safeguard against the pests,” said Freeholder Nash.  “While the chance of becoming ill is relatively small, there are things you can do to protect yourself and your family.”

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