Atlantic County Office of Mosquito Control Scheduled Two Ground Sprays

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ATLANTIC CITY - The Atlantic County Office of Mosquito Control has scheduled two ground sprays for Northfield due to the confirmation of four additional mosquito samples that tested positive for the West Nile virus.
The ground sprays will be conducted on Saturday, September 12th and Monday, September 14th. Weather permitting, they will take place between 4:00 a.m. and 5:30 a.m. to help reduce the population of adult mosquitoes that may transmit West Nile virus.
The Northfield ground sprays will target the area bounded by Mt. Vernon Avenue, Shore Road, Oak View Drive, Wabash Avenue, Tilton Road, Infield Avenue, and First Avenue. Ground spraying will be done using Scourge, the trade name for resmethrin, applied as an ultra-low volume aerosol.
The Environmental Protection Agency does not require relocating or taking special precautions during mosquito control spraying, however, people may choose to avoid or minimize exposure by:

  • Staying indoors during application to immediate area

  • Keeping windows shut, window fans and window air conditioners off during spraying

  • Keeping children’s toys indoors

  • Keeping pets indoors, as well as their food, water dishes, and toys


To date, there have been a total of ten positive mosquito samples in Atlantic County this year. There were three in Hammonton, two in Ventnor, and five in Northfield. The first positive sample was reported in Hammonton on August 27th. Ground sprays have previously been conducted in Ventnor, Margate, and Hammonton.
West Nile virus can be transmitted to birds, animals, and humans from infected mosquitoes. Areas with standing water, particularly in warm weather, provide ideal conditions for mosquitoes to breed.
For more information about West Nile Virus, visit the Atlantic County Web site at: www.aclink.org/publichealth/westnile

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