AS WARM WEATHER ARRIVES…SO DO MOSQUITOES

By Leslie Terjesen on Friday, April 22, 2016

            “As the weather gets warmer, the days get longer, more people enjoy being outside.  We know that as the weather improves, it will not take long for the mosquito season to officially arrive,” said Ocean County Freeholder Deputy Director Gerry P. Little, Liaison to the Ocean County Board of Health.

 

            Daniel Regenye, Ocean County Health Department (OCHD) Public Health Coordinator said, “Right now is the time to get outside and look around your property for any standing water where any type of mosquito can breed. Presently, many are focused on Zika Virus.  The people in New Jersey who have developed this had visited one of the affected countries by Zika.  The OCHD is in constant communication with the New Jersey Department of Health and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention regarding this issue and most certainly will keep the public updated.  In addition, there are other mosquito-borne illnesses that we focus on, such as West Nile Virus.”

Regenye added, “This means we need to take every possible step that we can to avoid mosquito bites.  There are so many places on one’s property that standing water can exist even something as small as a bottle cap.    An important part of mosquito control around your home is making sure that mosquitoes don't have a place to lay their eggs. Take advantage of the upcoming warm weather as we move towards summer to:

  • Get rid of standing water in rain gutters, old tires, buckets, plastic covers, toys or any other container where mosquitoes can breed.
  • Empty and change the water in bird baths, fountains, wading pools, rain barrels and potted plant trays at least once a week to eliminate potential mosquito habitats.
  • Drain temporary pools of water or fill with dirt.
  • Make sure windows, doors, and door screens are "bug tight” and there are no holes in the screens.
  • Keep swimming pool water treated and circulating.
  • Replace your outdoor lights with yellow "bug" lights, which tend to attract fewer mosquitoes than ordinary lights. The yellow lights are NOT repellents, however.

Use the following tips to help protect you and your family from exposure to mosquitoes:

  • Use EPA-Registered insect repellents when necessary and follow label directions and precautions closely. Do not use on babies under 2 months. Do not apply on a child’s hands, eyes, mouth or irritated skin.
  • Tuck shirts into pants and pants into socks to cover gaps in your clothing where mosquitoes can get to your skin.
  • Use mosquito netting over baby carriages and stroller.

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