MOSQUITO CONTROL AND PROTECTION TIPS


Mosquitoes transmit a host of viruses. Mosquitoes need water to breed and mature. Even a small amount of water can provide a breeding place for mosquitoes. Mosquitoes hatch and grow in just a few days. There may be breeding places in your yard and around your farmyard. The stages of mosquito's development are egg, larva, pupa, and then adult. Here are some things you can do to help control mosquitos in your community:

• Empty water from buckets, tarps, toys, cemetery urns, water troughs, or other containers.

• Get rid of old tires.

• Change water every other day in birdbaths, fountains, rain barrels, and potted plant trays.

• Drain or fill puddles and low spots with dirt or landscaping to reduce standing water.

• Treat and clean swimming pools and keep them circulating.

• Wear long sleeves and long pants if you must be in areas with lots of mosquitoes.

• Make sure windows and door screens are “bug tight.”

• Turn off lights that attract mosquitoes.

• Replace outdoor lights with yellow “bug lights.”

• Get rid of old cans, containers, pots or other water-holding containers on your property.

• Drill holes in the bottom of containers that must be left outdoors, such as garbage cans.

• Check your roof gutters and adjust to eliminate standing water.

• Seal cisterns, septic tanks, and fire barrels.

• Turn over children’s wading pools when not in use.

• Turn over wheelbarrows, or keep them where they will not collect water.

• Fix leaky taps, faucets, and sprinklers.

• Aerate ornamental pools or stock them with fish (South Dakota native fathead or killifish minnows).

• Fill in tree rot holes and hollow stumps that hold water.

• Keep weeds and tall grass cut short; adult mosquitoes look for these shady places to rest during the hot daylight hours.

• Use a flyswatter or household spray to control mosquitoes inside buildings.

• Limit time outdoors from dusk to midnight when Culex mosquitoes are most active.

• Use 4 Ring Protection™ ANYTIME™ no-bite Lotion and ZONE™ products when necessary, following label directions and precautions carefully.

• Some communities use chemicals to kill mosquito larvae and occasionally spray or fog to kill adult mosquitoes. If you have any questions, call your local mosquito control person.