WALL — Monmouth County will spray for mosquitoes on Tuesday night in West Belmar following the discovery of evidence showing West Nile Virus activity.

The county's Mosquito Control will spray for mosquitoes on Tuesday night in West Belmar, which is the area in Wall Township south of Belmar Boulevard between Routes 35 and 37 and on residential streets north of Allaire Road between Old Mill Road and Route 71 in Spring Lake Heights. Weather permitting, the spraying will take place between 9:30 p.m. and midnight.

Residents should stay indoors, bring in their pets along with children's toys and pet bowls during spraying.

“The goal of the ground spray program is to reduce the public health risk from WNV in the area, It is also important to remember to always wear insect repellant when outdoors, even if it is only for a few minutes," Freeholder Deputy Director Serena DiMaso, liaison to the Mosquito Control division, said.

West Nile Virus is an infection transmitted by mosquitoes that can cause serious disease according to the Center for Disease Control. Most people who contract WNV do not show any symptoms which include high fever, headache, disorientation, numbness and sometimes swollen lymph glands or a skin rash on the chest, stomach and back.

Spraying will not be done in the event of inclement weather or winds over 10 mph. The Mosquito Control hotline is 732-578-1600.

Ways to Prevent WNV

According to the CDC:

▪ When outdoors, use repellents containing DEET, picaridin, IR3535, some oil of lemon eucalyptus or paramenthane-diol. Follow the directions on the package.

▪ Many mosquitoes are most active from dusk to dawn. Be sure to use insect repellent and wear long sleeves and pants at these times or consider staying indoors during these hours.

▪ Make sure you have good screens on your windows and doors to keep mosquitoes out.

▪ Get rid of mosquito breeding sites by emptying standing water from flower pots, buckets and barrels. Change the water in pet dishes and replace the water in bird baths weekly. Drill holes in tire swings so water drains out. Keep children’s wading pools empty and on their sides when they aren’t being used.

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