SPRING LAKE – The Monmouth County Mosquito Control Division found evidence of a case of the West Nile Virus in Spring Lake on Tuesday, Sept. 13.
The Mosquito Control Division swiftly conducted a pesticide operation the morning of Wednesday, Sept. 14, administering the insecticide “Duet Dual-Action.” Pesticides were administered using truck-mounted, ultra-low-volume equipment that applied the pesticide at a fraction of an ounce per acre, though residents were still informed to stay indoors with the windows closed as the operation took place.
“The County Mosquito Control Division is determined to control flying adult mosquitoes and to limit the spread of mosquito-borne illness,” said Commissioner Deputy Director Susan M. Kiley in a press release.
Residents are encouraged to help “Fight the Bite” by drilling drainage holes in recycling and garbage cans and using the Mosquito Control checklist to find and eliminate any places where mosquitoes can breed around the home. The checklist and information about a courtesy inspection can be found at www.visitmonmouth.com.
“We recommend our residents protect themselves from mosquito and mosquito-borne illnesses by using EPA registered repellents, wearing long sleeves and long pants and limiting outdoor activities at dusk, when possible,” said Ms. Kiley.
Any residents aware of a standing water situation that may be supporting mosquito larvae or experiencing a mosquito problem are encouraged to call the Monmouth County Mosquito Control Division office at 732-542-3630. Additional information can be found at www.springlakeboro.org.
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