The Camden County Mosquito Commission will be spraying in the following areas from 7 to 11 p.m. on Wednesday, July 9, 2014, weather-permitting:
• Rymill Run
• Kingsdale Avenue
• Hadleigh Drive
• Brondesbury Drive
• Partridge Lane
• Pawtucket Drive
• Cohasset Lane
• St. Anthony Court
• Lynford Drive
• Staffordshire Road
• Roanoke Road
• Locust Grove Avenue
• Waverly Road
• Old Orchard Road
• Scattergood Road
• Elbow Lane
• Rabbit Run Road
• Papermill Road
• Brae Lane
• Regent Road
• Black Latch Lane
• Cobblestone Road
• Lamppost Lane
• Imperial Drive
• North Riding Drive
• Millhouse Lane
• East Riding Drive
• Spring Mill Lane
• Leith Hill Drive
• Mews Lane
• Box Hill Drive
• Barbara Drive
• Ann Drive
• Winding Drive
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.
According to the Centers for Disease Control, the main route of human infection with West Nile Virus is through the bite of an infected mosquito. Mosquitoes become infected when they feed on infected birds. Individuals over the age of 50 are more likely to develop serious symptoms of West Nile Virus, and should take special care to avoid being bitten by mosquitoes.
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.
For more information, contact the Camden County Mosquito Commission at (856) 566-2945.