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"Drain, Dress, Defend" During National Mosquito Control Awareness Month

Mosquito Prevention

The American Mosquito Control Association (AMCA) has declared June 23-June 29, 2019 as National Mosquito Control Awareness Week to educate the public on precautions to take to spend your summer free of bites and mosquito-borne illnesses. 

The AMCA encourages the public to adhere to three ideas when working to prevent mosquito exposure:

  • Drain sources of standing and stagnant water, such as planters, bird baths, leaky outdoor faucets, roof gutters, pool covers and outdoor toys
  • Dress in light colored, loose fitting clothing, and wear long sleeves and pants when practical
  • Defend against bites by using EPA-registered mosquito repellents, as they are reviewed and approved for human use when used according to label directions. Four EPA-approved repellents are DEET, Picaridin, Oil of lemon eucalyptus and IR3535. 

The Middlesex County Mosquito Extermination Commission also offers the following tips to help residents to minimize bites and reduce these pesky populations: 

  • Make sure doors and windows have tight-fitting screens. Repair or replace screens that have tears or holes.
  • Cut down weeds and trim and maintain shrubs and grass to reduce adult mosquitoes harboring in vegetation
  • Stay inside at dawn, dusk and early evening, when mosquitoes are most active. If you must be outdoors during these times, wear long-sleeved shirts and long pants.
  • Apply insect repellent containing EPA-approved ingredients, such as DEET, Picaridin, Oil of lemon eucalyptus and IR3535. 

These tips will help to prevent the spread of mosquito colonies, meaning less itchy bites and a reduced threat of West Nile, Chikungunya and Zika viruses.

The Middlesex County Mosquito Extermination Commission also conducts mosquito spraying throughout the county in the summer months.

The schedule is available here and is updated as new dates are scheduled. 

For more information on mosquito prevention or to contact the Commission for assistance with significant mosquito infestations, call (732) 549-0665.