Camden County Prepares for Pesky Mosquitoes

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Between a rainy month of May and now temperatures hitting close to the 90s, the combination makes a perfect equation for mosquitoes.

In Camden County, the Mosquito Control Commission and Health Department have started a little early to minimize the mosquito population for 2017.

Just in time for the wet and warm weather, Camden County is getting ready for a busy and buggy season.

Although there have not been any reports of Zika or other mosquito carrying illnesses in the county, they’re preparing for what could come.

“Our mosquito complaints are actually lower than they were last year, so, so far so good,” says Jack Sworaski, superintendent of the Camden County Mosquito Commission.

The County Mosquito Control Commission and Health Department are working together once again to monitor and control those pesky insects from reproducing and bothering you and your community.

“Don’t forget to use your repellent,” says Carmen Rodriguez, a freeholder for Camden County. “First and foremost, because you don’t want to get bit. But also if you see any bodies of water, even if they’re just sitting there, flip them over. Even if it’s just a teaspoon of water.”

“Even an inverted bottle cap in your back yard can hatch hundreds of mosquitoes,” says Sworaski.

“People think that because they live near a river or a stream, that’s where the breeding is occurring, and it’s not,” he continued.  “It’s stagnant water.”

While mosquitoes do a great job to make us feel uncomfortable, there is help from Mother Nature in the form of fish, who help to control those pesky bugs.

“The fish are very helpful because they eat the larvae,” says Rodriguez.

Camden County stores fathead minnows for themselves, and other South Jersey county departments, to place in still water as one effort to control the mosquito population.

The county also sprays reported problem areas late in the night, but in order to be successful, they need the community’s help.

Last year, the county launched an online program for residents to report any mosquito issue.

“It helps us to be able to triangulate and identify those real problem areas that are going to affect where our residents live,” says Rodriguez.

To help control the insects or spread of any mosquito-borne disease throughout the summer, residents are urged to speak up by reporting mosquito issues online.

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