Title: Middlesex County Officials Warn of Potential Hazards from Airborne Chemical Spraying
Residents of Middlesex County, New Jersey, are being alerted to the potential hazards of chemicals being sprayed into the air as part of the mosquito extermination efforts by the Middlesex County Mosquito Extermination Commission. The commission plans to use various chemicals, including Malathion (Fyfanon), Etofenprox (Zenivex), Prallethrin (Sumithrin), and Deltamethrin (DeltaGard), in several communities across the county.
To ensure safety, residents are advised to limit their outdoor exposure during the spraying period. Additionally, it is recommended to bring pets, food, and water dishes inside. It is crucial to remain indoors with windows closed and air conditioners set to non-vent mode to minimize potential exposure.
Parents are urged to explain to their children the importance of avoiding outdoor areas until the sprayed surfaces have completely dried. This precautionary measure aims to prevent any unintended contact with the chemicals, which might cause skin irritation or other health issues.
Among the chemicals being used, Etofenprox is the primary agent, widely recognized for its use in flea medications for cats and dogs. However, while deemed safe for pets in appropriate dosage, it can be harmful if swallowed and may cause moderate eye irritation and skin irritation with repeated exposure. Moreover, Etofenprox poses risks to aquatic organisms and is highly toxic to bees, highlighting the importance of taking necessary precautions during the spraying process.
The Middlesex County Mosquito Extermination Commission has established weather backup dates to address any unforeseen circumstances that may impact the scheduled spraying. These measures ensure that mosquito control operations proceed smoothly and effectively.
The county’s pesticide control program provides essential information and guidance to individuals seeking health-related advice regarding pesticide exposure. Residents are encouraged to contact their physician or the National Pesticide Information Center for any concerns. Routine pesticide-related inquiries can be directed to the New Jersey Pesticide Control Program, while pesticide emergencies should be reported to the New Jersey Poison Information and Education System.
By adhering to the recommended safety measures and following the guidance provided by local authorities, residents can help ensure their well-being and prevent any adverse effects related to the airborne chemical spraying. The Middlesex County Mosquito Extermination Commission’s efforts align with the New Jersey Pesticide Control Code, aiming to protect public health while effectively combating the mosquito population in the region.