Plein Air

Atlantic County will spray insecticide against mosquitos early June 14, 2018, at Estell Manor Park. In this file photo, Linda Gazsi, 54, of Somers Point participates in the first Plein Air event at the park Friday Aug 25, 2017. (The Press of Atlantic City / Edward Lea Staff Photographer)

Parts of the Atlantic County Park in Estell Manor and the John F. Gaffney Green Tree Golf Course in Egg Harbor Township will be sprayed Thursday with an insecticide to control mosquitos.

The Atlantic County Office of Mosquito Control will do the ground spray application between 5:30 and 7 a.m. using a resmethrin product called Scourge, the county said in a news release.

Resmethrin is a synthetic pyrethroid that acts in a similar way to pyrethrins, which are made with chrysanthemum flowers, according to the Environmental Protection Agency.

It is toxic to fish, so it must only be used by certified pesticide applicators, according to the EPA. It has been in use since 1967.

EPA studies have shown pyrethroids can be used “without posing unreasonable risks to human health” when applied properly. But at high exposure levels, from accidents or spills, pyrethroids can affect the nervous system.

The county said people nearby may avoid exposure by staying indoors, keeping windows shut, window fans and air conditioning off, keeping children’s toys indoors, and keeping pets and their food, water dishes and toys indoors.

For more information, visit: or call the West Nile Virus hotline at 1-877-64FACTS. For health information about the pesticides, call the Atlantic County Division of Public Health at 609-645-5971, ext. 4277.

Homeowners can keep mosquitos in check by removing standing water and cleaning their gutters, since the insects breed in wet areas.

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In my first job after college got paid to read the New York Times and summarize articles for an early online data base. First reporting job was with The Daily Record in Parsippany. I have also worked in nonprofits, and have been with The Press since 1990.

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