Cape May Court House, NJ – To date, the Cape May County Department of Mosquito Control has been working to investigate and control a population surge of a native mosquito species known as the Eastern Saltmarsh Mosquito (Aedes sollicitans). The mosquitoes appear to have originated from an area within or near the Tuckahoe Wildlife Management Area and are affecting the northern communities of Cape May County. The Department of Mosquito Control has been conducting adult mosquito sprays by truck since the onset and will continue to treat the area as weather permits and mosquitoes persist.
The mosquito species Aedes sollicitans can transmit several mosquito-borne diseases, especially at this time of year. This species is a persistent, aggressive mosquito that is active at all hours throughout the day and night. It is important that residents and those visiting the northern communities of Cape May County protect themselves from mosquitoes until this situation is under control. The most effective way to protect yourself from mosquitoes is to avoid them altogether by staying indoors. When you do go outside, be sure to cover up and use Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) -registered mosquito repellents.
Residents of the areas experiencing this outbreak are encouraged to contact the Cape May County Department of Mosquito Control at (609) 465-9038. Information from the public is one of the most valuable methods of mosquito surveillance and helps the Department employ more targeted control of adult mosquitoes.
For information about West Nile virus, or other mosquito-borne diseases, call the Health Department at (609) 465-1209 or check the Department’s website at www.cmchealth.net. To learn about public health news and local events, “like” the Cape May County Department of Health on Facebook.