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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.
Reminder: Be Vigilant About Mosquitoes And Mosquito Avoidance
Salem County Mosquito Control would like to remind the residents of Salem County to continue to be vigilant about mosquitoes and mosquito avoidance.
Mosquitoes in Salem County have tested positive for both Eastern Equine Encephalitis virus and West Nile virus.
Eastern Equine Encephalitis virus:
A rare disease, Eastern Equine Encephalitis (EEE) is most dangerous to persons under the age of 15 and over the age of 50. Approximately 1/3 of human EEE infections are fatal.
For more information please visit: www.cdc.gov/EasternEquineEncephalitis
Horse Owners: Please be sure to vaccinate your horse for EEE every year. If infected, an unvaccinated horse will very likely perish.
For more information please visit: https://bit.ly/2oH6C9l
West Nile virus:
Only about 1 in 5 people infected with West Nile virus (WNV) will develop symptoms. This disease is most dangerous to the very young and elderly. Occasionally (1 in 150 infections), WNV will develop into a severe illness affecting the nervous system.
For more information please visit: www.cdc.gov/westnile/index.html
Horse Owners: Please be sure to vaccinate your horse for WNV every year.
For more information please visit: https://bit.ly/2wL8TEI
Please be sure to wear insect repellent while outdoors, long sleeves and pants when possible, dump & drain all standing water around your home, and contact Salem County Mosquito Control if you are experiencing a mosquito problem (856) 769-3255.
Insect Repellent: Find the Repellent that is Right for You
- mosquitoes, ticks or both;
- protection time;
- active ingredient; or
- other product-specific information.
- Do you need protection from mosquitoes, ticks or both?
- How long will you be exposed to them? Be sure to use a product with a protection time that fits your activity.
For the safe and effective use of pesticide products, always read the product label before using the product.
- The results from the search tool include only skin-applied repellent products registered by EPA. No unregistered products are listed.
- The registration number means the company provided EPA with technical information on the safety of the product and its effectiveness against mosquitoes and/or ticks. While this technical information is based on scientific testing guidelines and approved study methods, there are variations in the resulting protection times because of differences in the testing conditions.
- A single registered repellent product may have multiple product names that a company may use for marketing purposes. You can look for the registration number of repellents products you buy and check them against this database.
- Some of the products listed may not be available in all areas of the United States.
- Any products listed are for informational purposes only. Inclusion of a product listed/referenced is not an endorsement.
- EPA and the U.S. Government do not endorse any product or service.
- The information in this database was last updated in February 2016.
- If you believe a product not on the list should be included, use the contact us link to request that the product be added.
CLICK HERE TO VIEW BROCHURE OF ZIKA FACTS AND PROTECTION
(Information for NJ Residents)
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 may begin as early as March and extend through 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.
Why is local mosquito control important?
Some mosquitoes can spread viruses like Zika, West Nile, and dengue. Other mosquitoes bother people, but don’t spread viruses. Mosquito control activities reduce all types of mosquitoes.
Who conducts mosquito control?
Mosquito control districts or state and local government departments work to control mosquitoes.
What do local mosquito control programs do?
Mosquito Transmitted Diseases
Mosquitoes spread disease such as West Nile virus, Eastern Equine Encephalitis, Dengue Virus, Malaria, St. Louis encephalitis, Chikungunya, Dog Heartworm, Zika Virus and Yellow Fever.
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.
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:
Details of your problem (ie. time of day when mosquitoes are the worst)
- Mosquito Control is EVERYONE’S responsibility. The preferred habitat of the Asian Tiger Mosquito, Aedes albopictus, 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. Species within the genera: Culex, Culiseta, Psorophora and others are competent vectors of pathogens that may cause diseases such as West Nile Virus, Eastern Equine Encephalitis, Yellow Fever, Dengue, & Chikungunya.
- 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 disease presence allows us to quickly react to a positive test result and optimistically prevent 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 an abundance 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.
Ticks in Salem County