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Mosquito Spraying Scheduled for Vernon, Wantage
Release Date: June 06, 2014

Health Department to Spray Pesticide to Reduce the Number of Mosquitoes and the Risk of West Nile Virus in Selected Parts of Sussex County

June 6, 2014 - To reduce mosquito activity and the risk of West Nile Virus, the Department of Environmental and Public Health Services, Office of Mosquito Control will spray pesticide from trucks in parts of Sussex County on Friday, June 06, 2014 between the hours of 6:00PM and 10:00PM, weather permitting. In case of bad weather, application will be delayed until next day. The neighborhoods listed below are being treated due to increasing mosquito populations.

Vernon Township - Portions of Lake Wallkill Road, Bassets Bridge Road, Owens Station Road
Wantage Township - Lower Unionville Road and connecting roads, Bassets Bridge Road

For these sprayings, the Health Department will use a very low concentration of Scourge 4+12, EPA registration #432-716, active ingredients are Resmithrin and Piperonyl Butoxide. When properly used, this product poses no significant risks to human health. The Health Department recommends that people take the following precautions to minimize direct exposure:

  • Whenever possible, stay indoors during spraying. People with asthma or other respiratory conditions are encouraged to stay inside during spraying since direct exposure could worsen these conditions.
  • Air conditioners may remain on, however if you wish to reduce the possibility of indoor exposure to pesticides, set the air conditioner vent to the closed position, or choose the re-circulate function.
  • Remove children’s toys, outdoor equipment, and clothes from outdoor areas during spraying. If outdoor equipment and toys are exposed to pesticides, wash them with soap and water before using again.

Wash skin and clothing exposed to pesticides with soap and water. Always wash your produce thoroughly with water before cooking or eating.

Reducing Exposure to Mosquitoes

  • Consider limiting time outdoors between dusk and dawn in areas with significant mosquito infestations.
  • Wear protective clothing when outdoors, and use an approved insect repellent containing picaridin, DEET, oil of lemon eucalyptus (not children under three), or products that contain the active ingredient IR3535.
  • Make sure windows have screens and repair or replace screens that have tears or holes
  • Eliminate any standing water from your property and dispose of containers that can collect water. Containers of standing water are a violation of the New Jersey Health Code.
  • Make sure roof gutters are clean and draining properly.
  • Clean and chlorinate swimming pools, outdoor saunas and hot tubs. Keep them empty or covered if not in use; drain water that collects in pool covers.
  • Report standing water by calling 973-948-4545 or visiting www.Sussex.nj.us/mosquito.

Please contact James McDonald, Chief Registered Environmental Health Specialist at 973-948-4545 from 8AM - 4:30PM, Monday through Friday, if you have any questions.

To anyone who may reference or repost, please be as accurate as possible or refer them to our website at: www.sussex.nj.us/mosquito

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