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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
June 28, 2005

Contact: Karen Hershey
(609) 984-1795

DEP ACTIVATES TOLL-FREE NUMBER FOR PUBLIC

Mosquito Control Agencies Provide Information

TRENTON (05/87)- New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) Commissioner Bradley M. Campbell today announced a new toll-free number for contacting county mosquito control agencies. With the mosquito season upon us, and the concern presented by West Nile Virus (WNV) and other mosquito borne diseases, county mosquito control agencies can provide information about environmentally safe and appropriate ways to control mosquitoes.

The new toll- free number directs callers to the appropriate county mosquito control agency in their area. The number is 1-888-NO-NJ-WNV (1-888-666-5968).

"Rather than misuse or over apply insecticides and repellants, New Jersey residents should contact their county mosquito control agencies who are trained, licensed and permitted to perform a variety of mosquito control activities and can provide helpful guidance to local residents and businesses," said Commissioner Campbell.

Now that the mosquito season is here, Commissioner Campbell is also reminding members of the public to take common sense steps to avoid being bitten by mosquitoes. Steps include wearing long-sleeve shirts and pants when outdoors, particularly at dusk and dawn; making sure screens on windows and doors are in good repair; and applying appropriate insect repellant when going outdoors.

Since March, mosquito larvae have been actively developing. Both state and county government mosquito control agencies are surveying for and applying control strategies to prevent the emergence of mosquitoes to the flying adult stage. Control methods include the stocking of mosquito-eating fish that consume the larvae and the application of targeted, low-impact insecticides.

DEP will continue to work with the New Jersey Departments of Health and Senior Services and Agriculture, as well as Rutgers University and the 21 County Mosquito Control Agencies, to control mosquitoes that may transmit West Nile Virus and Eastern Equine Encephalitis.

Interested members of the public can call the toll-free number to find out the schedules for any spraying that is performed as a last resort to control adult flying mosquitoes.

To learn more about mosquito control, visit the DEP Web site at: http://www.nj.gov/dep/mosquito

 

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