This Year could Witness Rise in Mosquito Population

Owing to the humid temperatures and rainfall, there is a strong possibility that this year could witness a significant rise in mosquitoes.

Experts have warned people to take precautions against mosquitoes, as this year could become one of the worst due to the humid temperatures and rainfall.

Freeholder Ian Leonard shared that they have spent Monday night in Cherry Hill and sprayed to prevent mosquitoes. Though the spray is being done, he warned to see mosquitoes for months. Problem remains the same in Eastern Pennsylvania, as last week, mosquitoes have tested positive for West Nile Virus in Chester County.

Experts suggested using a bottle of mosquito repellant. Leonard, who oversees the mosquito abatement program in Camden County, said that they will continue to spray in residential areas all summer. The Central District Health Department (CDHD) has announced of started spraying.

The spraying will be done during the early morning and late evening hours, both the times mosquitoes are most likely to be out. The spraying can be carried only when there are perfect weather conditions. For now, no cause of West Nile virus in Hall, Hamilton or Merrick counties have been reported, but there are chances that it can be reported by the end of the summer.

"The greatest risk for infection is during late summer and early fall because the mosquito that transmits the virus increases in numbers throughout the summer", said the CDHD.

Steps to take to Reduce Risk of Exposure to Mosquito Bites and West Nile Virus-

" Avoid going out during times when mosquitoes are most active.
" When outdoors, always cover yourself.
" Use mosquito repellant having the active ingredient DEET.
" Remove standing water and eliminate mosquito breeding sites.