May/June “Fight the Bite” Program by Somerset County Dept of Health

Posted on May 13, 2016

Somerset  County Announces ‘Fight the Bite’ Programs for May, June

Somerset County Freeholder Peter S. Palmer, public health & safety liaison, encourages residents to get ready for the buzz of summer by attending a presentation developed and hosted by the Somerset County Department of Health titled, “Fight the Bite.”

As the days get longer and warmer, both ticks and mosquitoes become more active. It’s important to know how to protect yourself and loved ones from these irritating insects that can spread the West Nile, Chikungunya and Zika viruses, Lyme disease and more.

Several one-hour community presentations will focus on protecting yourself through property maintenance and personal protection. Maintaining your yard and property benefits you, your family and the community.

Information about this program and others, hosted by the Somerset County Department of Health, can be found on the Events Calendar at www.co.somerset.nj.us/health.
Following are “Fight the Bite” programs scheduled in the months of May and June:

  • Tuesday, May 17, 7 p.m.: Franklin Township Municipal Building – 475 DeMott Lane, Somerset, NJ 08873
  • Wednesday, May 18, 7 p.m.: Clarence Dillon Public Library – 2336 Lamington Road,  Bedminster, NJ 07921
  • Thursday, May 19, 7 p.m.: Manville Public Library – Community Room – 100 S. 10th Ave., Manville, NJ 08835
  • Thursday, June 2, 7 p.m.: Raritan Borough Hall – Courtroom – 22 First Ave., Raritan, NJ 08869

Following are steps you should take to protect yourself from mosquito and tick bites:

Mosquito-Bite Prevention:

  • Wear bug spray that contains DEET, picaridin, IR3535, or oil of lemon eucalyptus (OLE) and para-menthane-diol. Make sure to always follow instructions on the label.
  • Cover up with long sleeves and pants, when possible.
  • Keep mosquitoes outside by making sure window and door screens are repaired. Use air conditioning when possible.
  • Get rid of standing water often from your property by emptying containers, toys, flower pots, tires, etc.
  • Stay informed! Following are resources for up-to-date information: cdc.gov/westnile/, www.cdc.gov/chikungunya, www.cdc.gov/zika/, http://www.cdc.gov/lyme/ .

Tick-Bite Prevention:

  • Know where to expect ticks: walk in the center of trails and avoid areas with high bushes or grass.
  • Use a bug spray with DEET on exposed skin and clothing or permethrin on clothing and gear.
  • Wear long-sleeved shirts and long pants when outdoors. For the best protection, tuck your shirt into your pants and your pants into your socks.
  • Prevent pets from bringing ticks into your home by limiting access to tick-infested areas.
  • Maintain your property:  trim high bushes, grass and plants in your yard. This will reduce hiding places for unwanted insects.
  • Conduct a full-body check when you return from outside.
  • Remove an attached tick as soon as possible with fine-tipped tweezers.
  • See your doctor if you have any symptoms, such as a fever or a rash.

For information on the “Fight the Bite” program, contact the Somerset County Department of Health at (908) 231-7155 or HealthDept@co.somerset.nj.us .

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Source: Somerset County Office of Public Info