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Mosquito Control


To MINIMIZE mosquito breeding, standing water needs to be eliminated. 

 Listed below are some helpful recommendations to reduce the mosquito population and to prevent insect bites.


  • Dispose of old tires or store them in a covered area
  • Drain swimming pools after the summer season and wading pools weekly
  • Drain flowerpot saucers weekly
  • Repair or replace screen doors and windows
  • Drain or invert anything that holds water (like wheelbarrows, wagons, fountains, and children’s toys)
  • Maintain gutters and down spouts properly to allow them to drain
  • Keep lawns, shrubs and weeds trimmed to eliminate hiding places for adult mosquitoes
  • Drain and scrub birdbaths weekly (Under ideal conditions mosquitoes may develop from the larvae to the adult stage in 7-10 days)
  • Avoid exposure to mosquitoes from dusk to dawn and during daylight hours in wooded or heavily shaded areas
  • Wear light colored long sleeve shirt and pants
  • Use an insect repellant with DEET (follow instructions on the label)


Helpful Links:

CDC Website for West Nile

EPA Website for Tire Collections