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Mosquito Control

Parent Department: Public Works

900 RT 45, Building #4
Woodstown, NJ 08098
FAX: 856-769-3820

As with all mosquito-borne diseases, Salem County Mosquito Control is remaining vigilant in keeping current with the latest Zika information and research.  However, as this is an emerging and evolving situation, please be sure to consult the CDC website for the most current information. READ: Zika Virus Public Information Update


Mosquito Control in Salem County

Salem County Mosquito Control strives to provide a healthy and comfortable environment for all residents and visitors in the county.  With numerous natural mosquito habitats in our area, it is not uncommon to see the certified and trained inspectors scouting by foot during the season.  Depending on the precipitation and temperature in the early spring, the mosquito season can begin as early as March and last up through the end of October.Licensed Worker

If you wish to request an inspection of your property, please contact the office by calling (856) 769-3255.  You will be asked to provide your name, property address, municipality, telephone number and a brief description of the problem area.  An inspection will be arranged and treatment will be determined by the licensed inspector.

AMCA: Why we need mosquito control –

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Mosquito Transmitted Diseases

Mosquitoes spread disease such as West Nile virus, Eastern Equine Encephalitis, Dengue Fever, Malaria, St. Louis encephalitis, Chikungunya and Dog Heartworm.

CDC Vector Borne Diseases

Rutgers – Department of Entomology –

What You Can Do To Help

Mosquito control is everyone’s responsibility.   Please educate yourself, spread the message and join us in controlling mosquitoes in your backyard.

Below you will find tips to help eliminate the preferred habit of the mosquito.


1. Destroy or dispose of tin cans, old tires, buckets, unused plastic swimming pools or other containers that collect and hold water. Do not allow water to accumulate in the saucers of flowerpots, cemetery urns or in pet dishes for more than 2 days.
2. Clean debris from rain gutters and remove any standing water under or around structures, or on flat roofs.
3. Change the water in birdbaths and wading pools at least once a week
4. Eliminate standing water around animal watering troughs. Flush livestock water troughs twice a week.
5. Check for trapped water in plastic or canvas tarps used to cover boats, pools, etc. Arrange the tarp to drain the water
6. Contact Salem County Mosquito Control office when you notice a mosquito nuisance.

Rutgers – Department of Entomology –

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Mosquito Control Fact Sheet

Due  to  heightened  awareness  of  mosquitoes  and  arthropod-borne  diseases,  such  as Zika  Virus,  Salem  County  Mosquito  Control  would  like  to  utilize  this  opportunity  to educate the citizens of Salem  County.

  1. If you’re  experiencing  a  mosquito  nuisance,  please  be  sure  to  call  Salem  County  Mosquito Control at (856) 769-3255 as  soon  as  possible.  Be  ready to provide the following information:
    Name – Address – Phone  Number – Details of your problem  (ie.  time of day when  mosquitoes are the worst)
  2. Mosquito  Control  is  EVERYONE’S  responsibility.  The  Asian  Tiger  Mosquito,  Aedes albopictus, may  be the secondary vector of Zika and  is  prevalent in  our area.  Its habitat is standing water in  containers.  Be  aware  of  containers  around  your  home,  such  as:  tires,  trash  cans,  bird baths,  toys, tarps, and  other similar items that can  hold water. If you  have  similar habitat on  your property,  please  be  sure to  regularly  clean  or empty these containers to prevent eggs from  hatching and  mosquito larvae from developing into adults.
  3. The  Asian  Tiger  Mosquito  is  not  the  only  mosquito  species  in  Salem  County  capable  of spreading  disease.  Culex,  Culiseta,  Psorophora  and  other  species  of  mosquitoes  are competent  vectors  of diseases  such  as  West  Nile  Virus,  Eastern  Equine  Encephalitis,  Yellow Fever,  Dengue, Chikungunya  and  other pathogens.
  4. Salem  County  Mosquito  Control  employs  a  scientific  program  for  surveillance  and  control. Population  surveillance  data  is  collected  from  May  1  to  October  31.  Disease  surveillance  is collected  from  June  15  to  October  15.  Thanks  to  the  support  of  the  NJ  State  Mosquito Commission,  we  are  able  to  send  samples  for disease  testing  weekly.  Testing  mosquitoes for diseases  (such  as  WNV,  EEE, and  ChikV)  allows  us  to quickly react to  positive test results  and optimistically prevents human  infections.

Light TrapMosquito TrapCooler in the woodsPopulation & Disease Surveillance

Salem County Mosquito Control conducts population and disease surveillance throughout the county each year.  Data from these efforts is not only utilized in house, but assists in compiling state-wide mosquito activity reports published by the  Rutgers Center for Vector Biology –

View the USGS Disease Map

Water Management

Water ManagementWater Management plays an important role in mosquito control in Salem County.  With acres upon acres of wetlands, it is imperative to take a water management approach for long term mosquito control.  All activity is regulated by NJDEP Division of Land Use Regulation and requires specific data to be considered.  All water management activities must be proposed to Salem County Mosquito Control through local municipalities.  This portion of our program is jointly supported by the New Jersey State Mosquito Control Commission and NJDEP Office of Mosquito Control Coordination.

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NJDEP Office of Mosquito Control Coordination & New Jersey State Mosquito Control Commission –

Biological Control

Mosquito FishA natural predator, the mosquitofish (Gambusia affinis) are used to control mosquito populations and reduce the need for pesticide applications.  This portion of our program is supported by the New Jersey State Mosquito Control Commission and specific guidelines outline the appropriate deposition of mosquitofish.

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