Dear Residents and Visitors of Cape May County:
The Cape May County Department of Mosquito Control operates under the state’s Pesticide Control Regulations (New Jersey Administrative Code Title 7 Chapter 30, Subchapters 1-13) effective November 29, 2001 and re-adopted in 2008. The regulations are extensive as they affect our control program especially with regards to notification and surveillance.
The revised regulations have resulted in a slowdown of our response time to your adult mosquito problems. Data from our increased surveillance efforts must be tabulated before a decision to spray can be made. The Mosquito Department is required to post spray information on our web site http://capemaycountynj.gov/481/mosquito-Control and telephone hot line (465-9038). Additionally, we must call all those requesting notification a minimum of 12 hours in advance of any adult mosquito spray application. Weather and wind conditions must also be considered prior to initiating a spray application. If conditions are not favorable the whole surveillance and notification process must be repeated.
Mosquito control is everyone’s responsibility; please do your part by preventing standing water from accumulating on your property. For more information on mosquitoes and mosquito control contact the Cape May County Department of Mosquito Control (CMCDMC) Program at 609-465-9038 and/or visit our website at http://www.capemaycountynj.gov.
In compliance with section 9.10 & 9.15 of the New Jersey Pesticide Control Code (N.J.A.C. Title 7, Chapter 30), the CMCDMC may apply pesticides for the control of adult mosquito populations on an area-wide basis, as needed, throughout Cape May County during the period of April 15 through November 15, 2015.
The pesticides used will be those recommended by the New Jersey Agricultural Experiment Station for the control of adult mosquitoes which include: Sumithrin/piperonyl butoxide (Anvil 2+2, Anvil 10+10, Aqua Anvil) and/or Permethrin/piperonyl butoxide (Aqua Reslin) and/or Prallethrin/Sumithrin/piperonyl butoxide (Duet, Aqua Duet) and/or Resmethrin/piperonyl butoxide (Scourge) and/or Etofenprox (Zenivex E20) and/or Malathion (Fyfanon ULV). Products will be applied from the ground by truck or hand held equipment and/or aircraft, all using Low Volume or Ultra Low Volume techniques.
Contact the National Pesticide Information Center at 1-800-858-7378 for routine pesticide related health inquiries. Call the New Jersey Pesticide Control Program at 609-984-6507 for pesticide regulation information, pesticide complaints and health referrals. In the case of any pesticide emergency, please contact the New Jersey Poison Information and Education System at 1-800-222-1222.
Upon request, the CMCDMC shall provide a resident with notification at least 12 hours prior to the application, except for Quarantine and Disease Vector Control only when conditions necessitate pesticide application sooner than that time.
The phone number for updated information on time and location of adult mosquito control applications is 609-465-9038 and press “1”. The website can be found at: http://capemaycountynj.gov. Those seeking further information regarding the CMCDMC activities are requested to contact Peter Bosak, PhD, NJCPA 24144B, 35 Route 47 North, Dias Creek, NJ 08210.
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