WARREN COUNTY, NJ – The Warren County Mosquito Commission has announced that it will be spraying against mosquitoes in parts of Hackettstown, Independence Township, Lopatcong Township and Phillipsburg tonight.
The mosquito spraying will go on from 7:oo p.m. – 11:30 p.m. on Wednesday, October 10.
The following areas are scheduled to be treated:
- Hackettstown: East Baldwin St., Fifth Street, Countryside Drive, Hamilton Drive, Fourth Street, Third Street and Second Street. (rescheduled from Monday, October 8)
- Independence Township: Overlook Drive and Canal Lane. (rescheduled from Monday, October 8)
- Lopatcong Township: Beers St., N 1st St., N. Prospect St., Chesnut Alley, Park Ave, Belvidere Rd. and Delaware St.
- Phillipsburg: Belvidere Rd., Clark St., Ferguson St., Fairview Ave., N. Main St. and Fairmont Cemetery.
Warren County’s total positive mosquito samples is 72 for the year. Hackettstown has 13 positive mosquito samples, the most in Warren County, according to the commission.
For the first time since West Nile virus was first introduced into the US in 1999, there are 3 confirmed human case of West Nile virus in Warren County.
West Nile Virus cases in New Jersey are reaching record highs with a total of 35 human cases reported statewide so far this year. Two deaths so far this year were among a 62-year-old man and an elderly woman in Bergen County. Both passed away in September, according to the NJ Department of Health.
“The number of human West Nile Virus cases is the highest we’ve seen since 2012, and the season is not over yet,” said New Jersey Health Commissioner Dr. Shereef Elnahal. “The pattern of hot and wet weather this summer has led to an increase in mosquito populations and associated viruses.”
The commission works conscientiously to prevent populations of biting adult mosquitoes by focusing control during larval stages so that the mosquitoes will not make it to the adult stage. Occasionally however, the need arises in which use of an additional method of control targeting the adult biting mosquitoes, called adulticiding, is used. When adult mosquitoes are present, no other type of control method performed by the Commission will work. Residents can limit exposure to biting adult mosquitoes through the use of repellents or by avoiding the outdoors completely.
For more information visit warrencountymosquito.org or call 908-453-3585 during regular business hours.