UNION COUNTY — The Union County Bureau of Mosquito Control is continuing its annual program of scheduled pesticide sprayings in order to reduce the risk of West Nile virus and other mosquito-borne diseases in the region. As in past years, the spraying program began in May and will end when cooler weather prevails, in October.
Spraying is planned tonight, Aug. 2, between 7 p.m. and midnight, for the following locations (weather permitting):
- Clark – Emerald Pl. and Ct., Featherbed La., Victoria Dr.
- Cranford – Crane Pkwy., Hillside Av., Mohawk Dr., Park Dr., Riverside Dr.
- Elizabeth – Clarkson Av. Area,
- Hillside – Aldine St., Cornell Pl., Crescent Av., Harvard Av.
- Kenilworth – Dorset Dr. Area, Park Dr., Water Co. Road, ( behind Dorset Dr. )
- Linden – Bradford Av., Hampton St., Lexington Av., Marion Av., Rebecca St., Smith St., Tremley Point Area.
- Mountainside – Bridle Path, Garnett Rd., Long View, Old Tote Rd.
- Plainfield – Evergreen Av., Virginia Av., 700 block of Watchung Av., Woodland Av.
- Rahway – Allen St., Bond St., Church St., Central Av., Donald Av., Edgar St., Elizabeth Av., Jones Pl., Kearney Av., Leesville Av., Lufberry St., W. Lincoln Av., Martin St., Montgomery St., New Church St., Price St., Randolph Av., River Rd., Rutherford St., Scott Av., St. Geo Av. ( between Central and Church ), Whittier St., Walking Path between Whittier St and Linden Av.
- Roselle – Chestnut St. Fire House Area, Columbus Av. Area
- Scotch Plains – Church St., Evelyn St. Area, Frank St., Lake Av., Orchard Dr., Pheasant La., Tangle wood La. Area, Westfield Rd.
- Springfield – Colfax Rd. Area, Denham Rd., Diven St. Area, Forest Dr., Marion Av. Area,
- Union – Allen Av., Audrey Ter., Arbor La. Area, Birch Av., Buel Av., Brighton St., Cabot Av., Carol Rd., Debra Way, Elaine Ter. Area, Floral Av., Garden St., Gifford Ct., Interlux paint co. property, Lakeside Pl., Lowden Av., Rahway Av., Savitt Pl., Woolley Av. Area, Yvonne Pl.
- Westfield – Lamberts mill Rd. (soccer field area ), Normandy Dr., Willow Grove Rd., W. Broad St. ( Pool Area ).
- County Parks – Echo Lake and fitness trail, Mattano, Nomahegan, Oak Ridge, Warinanco.
Persons who wish to minimize direct exposure to pesticides, whether from mosquito control activities or from their personal use, can take the following standard precautions:
- When possible, stay indoors when pesticides are in use outdoors.
- Close air conditioner vents or choose the “re-circulate” function.
- Remove outdoor toys, or wash them before using again.
- Remove laundry from clotheslines, or wash it.
- Wash all produce thoroughly with water.
Mosquitoes breed in stagnant water, and a single female needs only a small amount of water to lay hundreds of eggs. To help keep the mosquito population down, residents and business owners are advised to check their property for any places where small amounts of water can collect such as empty flower pots, pool covers, and children’s toys.
In particular, roof gutters should be checked for sagging or blocked areas where water can collect. Litter and debris, especially discarded tires, are other favorite breeding sites.
The following standard precautions help to reduce the risk of mosquito bites:
- When possible, limit time outdoors between dusk and dawn, when mosquitoes are most active.
- Weather permitting, wear long and light-colored clothing.
- Use a repellent approved for use on skin and clothing, and to follow all instructions on the label carefully. Additional guidance on mosquito repellents is available from the Centers for Disease Control.
- Use window screens and check them periodically for tears or holes.
Mosquito infestations can be reported by calling the Union County Mosquito Hotline at 908-654-9834 during business hours. County inspectors will examine the property and provide guidance on eliminating breeding sites. If needed, the inspectors will also survey the surrounding area.
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