MOSQUITO AWARENESS IN YOUR OWN YARD

March 21, 2015

MOSQUITO AWARENESS IN YOUR OWN YARD  AND AROUND YOUR HOUSE

Remember, standing water means mosquitoes. Any standing, stagnant water that remains for 7 to 10 days after a rain can, and usually will, produce mosquitoes. For example, one coffee can full of water has been shown to produce in excess of 10,000 mosquitoes over an entire summer season

Empty all water holding containers in your yard on a regular basis, at least once a week, children’s wading pools, rain barrels, buckets, bird baths and stored boats are prime examples of mosquito breeding sites.

Over-watering and poor irrigation practices are common producers of mosquitoes around the home, in parks and on golf courses. Report standing water to appropriate maintenance personnel.

Clean out eaves troughs and down spouts of leaves and other debris that slows drainage.

Ditches must be kept free of vegetation and other debris to promote rapid drainage, and pond edges should be kept clean of cattails and other aquatic vegetation. This is where mosquito larvae develop and mature. To reduce the number of adult mosquitoes in your yard:

Keep your lawn mowed as short as is practical.

Keep all ornamental shrubs and bushes trimmed and pruned to open them up to light and air flow. This will not only give mosquitoes one less place to hide, but will promote growth and vigor in the plant.

Cut back as far as possible, all low, dense under-growth surrounding your yard. This is where mosquitoes go to hide during the day.

Have large trees trimmed to allow sunlight to penetrate dark, damp areas.

Plan outdoor activities and parties during daylight hours or later in the evening. Many mosquitoes are most active at dusk and for about an hour after dusk.


VECTOR MANAGEMENT

March 21, 2015

The Skamania County Mosquito Control District supports management of vector populations when and where necessary by means of an integrated program designed to benefit or to have minimal adverse effects on people, domestic animals, wildlife and the environment. This Integrated Mosquito Management policy recognizes that vector populations cannot always be eliminated, but often must be suppressed to tolerable levels for the well being of humans, domestic animals and wildlife. Selection of scientifically sound suppression methods must be based upon consideration of what is ecologically and economically in the long-term interest of humankind.
The following principles are followed by your District:
• Vector control measures should only be undertaken when there is adequate justification based upon surveillance data.

• The combination of methods for vector control should be chosen after careful consideration of the efficacy, health effects, ecological effects and cost versus benefits of the various options; including public education, natural and biological control, elimination of the breeding sources, and pesticide applications.

• Vector breeding sources, whether natural or created by human activity, should be altered in such a manner as to cause the least undesirable impact on the environment.

• Pesticides and application methods should be used in the most efficient and least hazardous manner in accordance with all-applicable laws, regulations and available scientific data. The registered label requirements for pesticide use should be followed. When choices are available among effective pesticides, those offering the least hazard to non-target organisms should be used. Pesticides should be chosen and used in a manner that will minimize the development of resistance in vector populations.


Public Notice of Mosquito Control Activities – 2015 Season

February 2, 2015

Public Notice of Mosquito Control Activities

The Skamania County Mosquito Control District will begin seasonal activities around March 16, 2015.   Only when mosquito larva is found will they use one of the following larvicides.

AquaBac G (Bacillus thuringiensis, subspecies Israelensis): specific for mosquito larva

  1. Altosid (S-Methoprene) a growth inhibitor active on early stages of mosquito larva
  2. Agnique (poly-alpha –w-hydroxy): a monomolecular surface film used for later stages of larva and pupa

Later in the season and only in those areas where adult mosquitoes reach thresholds as specified in District IMM plan or if mosquito transmitted disease is detected, will the district adulticide using:

Aqua Reslin (permethrin) which is fogged at a rate between 0.0015 and 0.007 ounces per acre.

Mosquito control activities will continue throughout the season until mid to late October depending on weather conditions

Phone or email the Mosquito Control District for further information or to report mosquito problems within District boundaries – (360) 904-4345 or SCmosquitocontrol@gmail.com . Additional information and schedule changes will be posted and updated on our website https://mosquitoboard.wordpress.com or

http://www.skamaniacounty.org/government/boards-and-commissions


Keep your yard from becoming a breeding ground for Mosquitoes.

March 31, 2014

Mosquitoes can lay eggs in any location that contains standing water.

Be sure to inspect your yard and property once every week and drain any standing water

And Don’t Forget To Check

  • Plant saucers
  • Uncovered boats
  • Water bowls for pets
  • Leaky hoses and faucets
  • Rot holes in trees

 

The NUMBER ONE thing

you can do to prevent

Mosquitoes is to NOT

give them a place to lay

their eggs and develop.


PUBLIC NOTIFICATION OF 2014 MOSQUITO SEASON

March 10, 2014

Public Notice of Mosquito Control Activities

The Skamania County Mosquito Control District will begin seasonal activities around March 31, 2014.   Only when mosquito larva is found will they use one of the following larvicides.

  1.  AquaBac G (Bacillus thuringiensis, subspecies Israelensis): specific for mosquito larva
  2. Altosid (S-Methoprene) a growth inhibitor active on early stages of mosquito larva
  3. Agnique (poly-alpha –w-hydroxy): a monomolecular surface film used for later stages of larva and pupa

Later in the season and only in those areas where adult mosquitoes reach thresholds as specified in District IMM plan or if mosquito transmitted disease is detected, will the district adulticide using:

  1.  Aqua Reslin (permethrin) which is fogged at a rate between 0.0015 and 0.007 ounces per acre.

Mosquito control activities will continue throughout the season until mid to late October depending on weather conditions

Phone or email the Mosquito Control District for further information or to report mosquito problems within District boundaries – (360) 904-4345 or SCmosquitocontrol@gmail.com .   Additional information and schedule changes  will be posted and updated on our website –

https://mosquitoboard.wordpress.com  or http://www.skamaniacounty.org/government/boards-and-commissions

 


LATE SEASON MOSQUITOES

September 3, 2013

As summer comes to a close we are experiencing more rain.  As a result of more rain we have water collecting in containers around the house.  Please take a few minutes and dump all the containers around your yard.  Also, gutters, check your gutters.  As the leaves start to fall or fir needles and they land inside the gutter and you add a little rain water, this is a perfect mosquito habitat.

This mosquito season has been the first in six years we haven’t had the amount of flood water, which has been GREAT!  However, please remember it just takes a small amount of water for mosquitoes to lay their eggs, which can produce up words of 200 mosquitoes per hatching.

PLEASE DUMP ALL CONTAINERS!!!!!


DUMP THOSE CONTAINERS AROUND YOUR HOUSE

June 27, 2013

Please take a few minutes and dump any containers around your house and yard that have accumulated rain water from the past couple of weeks.  These containers are perfect  mosquito breeding habitat.  Also, bird baths are ANOTHER perfect environment for mosquito breeding.  Keep in mind that anything that holds water can and will breeding grounds for mosquitoes.

If possible keep your grass short and brush, trees, blackberry briars well-trimmed around your house and yard.   Mosquitoes will rest in taller vegetation and come out in the early morning and evening hours for a meal. 

We appreciate your help!


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