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Posted on: April 16, 2012

Mosquito Program designed to eliminate summer pests

Mosquitoes become more of a problem as we move into the heart of summer. That’s why the City developed a three phase Mosquito Program.

The first is through the application of a chemical that acts as a mosquito growth regulator preventing them from fully maturing. It’s applied every 30 days to drainage ditches along the Talley Trail and other areas that collect water in the summer.

The second chemical phase knocks mosquitoes down in mid-flight. It’s delivered into the air with an ultra low volume generator which breaks the chemical down into very small drops that float in the air and burst when they come into contact with mosquitoes. City crews only spray this chemical in the evening hours between 8:30 p.m. and midnight when mosquitoes become active.

The third phase involves everyone. Below are some things you can do to make sure these little pests don’t move into your back yard:

*Remove all standing water from your property;
*Get rid of old tires, tin cans, buckets, drums, bottles, or any containers that hold water;
*Fill in or drain any low places in your yard;
*Keep drains, ditches and culverts clean of weeds and trash so water will drain properly;
*Cover trash containers to keep out rain water
*Repair leaky pipes and outdoor faucets
*Empty plastic wading pools at least once a week and store it indoors when it’s not in use

Doing these things will ensure that your yard won’t become a mosquito haven this summer.

For more information, contact the Public Works Department at 276-1260.

Mosquito Program Brochure
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