Parent Department: Public Works
900 RT 45, Building #4
Woodstown, NJ 08098
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
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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.
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 – http://amca.memberclicks.net/why-we-need-mosquito-control
AMCA: Mistaken Identities – http://amca.memberclicks.net/mistaken-identities
Mosquito Transmitted Diseases
Mosquitoes spread disease such as West Nile virus, Eastern Equine Encephalitis, Dengue Fever, Malaria, St. Louis encephalitis, Chikungunya and Dog Heartworm.
Rutgers – Department of Entomology – http://www-rci.rutgers.edu/~insects/disease.htm
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 – http://entomology.rutgers.edu/
AMCA – Control – http://amca.memberclicks.net/control
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.
- 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)
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
Population & 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 – http://vectorbio.rutgers.edu
Water 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.
NJDEP Best Management Practices for Mosquito Control – nj.gov/dep/mosquito/bmps.htm
NJDEP Office of Mosquito Control Coordination & New Jersey State Mosquito Control Commission – nj.gov/dep/mosquito/
A 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.
New Jersey Mosquito Control Association – www.njmca.org
American Mosquito Control Association – www.mosquito.org