Winter 2016/2017 and Mosquitoes

December 23, 2016

We are experiencing a winter like we haven’t seen in several years.  Great snow pack in our mountains, which has been much needed.  However, as we end 2016 and begin 2017 what will the winter mean for mosquitoes in our area.  Honestly, it is a little early to assume.  However, in the past when we have had a good snow pack we typically end up with flood water in the spring.  The real challenge will be the amount of run off and when as well as rain fall.  I will keep you posted on this.

I would appreciate all land and home owners to do their part and keep containers empty around their places, especially as we get closer to spring or when the weather warms up.  If you have any questions or need information about mosquito control in and around your home, please email or call me.  My information is on the contact page.

 


Public Notice – Tire Amnesty Dates

September 6, 2016

Here is an opportunity to get rid of those old tires that collect water and breed mosquitoes at NO CHARGE!

Public Notice
Help us encourage the citizens of Skamania County to help clean up tires within the County. The Department of Ecology and Skamania County Solid Waste Division will provide disposal of tires, free of charge, to all Skamania County residents at each tire amnesty collection event. The days of these events are as follows:
Underwood Drop Box Facility – SEPTEMBER 10TH 2016
1402 Little Buck Creek Rd.
Underwood, WA 98671
(509) 493-3313
Stevenson Transfer Facility – SEPTEMBER 17TH 2016
1332 Ryan Allen Rd.
Stevenson, WA 98648
(509) 427-3926
Mt. Pleasant Drop Box Facility – SEPTEMBER 24TH 2016
1111 Mt. Pleasant Rd.
Washougal, WA 98671
(360) 837-3329
Tire Amnesty Event’s will run from 8:00 AM until 5:00 PM.
• Any tires sized 8.25 X 20 or larger will not be accepted unless prior arrangements have been made.
• No commercial disposals will be accepted during these events.
• Fees will not be waived for any business, commercial or out of county waste.
• As always, recyclables are always free, so feel free to collect and distribute to the appropriate bins at our facilities.
For further information, please call (509) 427-3926.


TIME TO CHECK FOR WATER

June 30, 2016

Please take a few minutes and check around your house and yard for any containers that have water in them.  If possible dump them to either get rid of or eliminate the chance for mosquitoes!  It only takes a SMALL amount of water for a female mosquito to  lay her eggs in.

Thank you, WE appreciate your help!


CHECK AROUND YOUR HOUSE/YARD FOR STANDING WATER

May 31, 2016

Please take a few minutes and walk around your yard and house to check for any standing water.  This includes rain water that has filled any planters, buckets, tires, gutters, bird baths, etc.  Mosquitoes will lay their eggs in these areas and these areas typically have quicker hatches as the water warms more quickly.  If you can dump these items, it helps immensely.  The more we limit the standing water breading areas, the less backyard mosquitoes there is.

Thank you, your help is appreciated!


Protection around your home and self

May 11, 2016

Doing and keeping up with the following will help control mosquitoes around your home and yard, which helps protect you.

Protect yourself
Regularly drain standing water from containers such as flowerpots, pet bowls, birdbaths, bucket,  barrels and cans.
— Keep rain gutters clear.
Remove discarded tires and other objects that could catch and hold water.
— Check for puddles around faucets and air conditioners.
— During swimming season, keep pool water circulating and filters running.
— Empty and store wading pools in a dry place after swimming season.
— To avoid bites, keep window screens repaired, place netting over infant carriers and wear long sleeves and long pants


Adulticiding Information

May 11, 2016

As a reminder the adulticiding (fogging) schedule will be posted under the “Adulticiding Schedule” heading on this website.

Please take some time and walk around your yards and or property to check for any standing water.  This can be water in cans, tires, planters , etc.  mosquitoes THRIVE in these areas and MUST have water to lay their eggs in.  We appreciate you doing your part in controlling the mosquitoes/larva in your area.


How to Make A Mosquito Free Yard

April 4, 2016
  1. Tip containers to drain water
    Mosquitoes don’t need much water to breed, so reducing — if not eliminating — standing water is the first step in eradicating the mosquito threat. “We create all sorts of areas for water to collect, which provides a breeding ground for mosquitoes, noting that a 6-inch-diameter plant saucer with only a half-inch of water can be enough for mosquitoes to reproduce. All they need is eight to 10 days for eggs to turn into adult mosquitoes. It doesn’t take long, just look at the mosquito life cycle information on this site.

The District advises tipping any item that contains stagnant water, such as plant saucers, dog bowls and
birdbaths, on a regular basis. Then, if needed, fill them with fresh water.

  1. Toss unnecessary items
    Really, we’re our own worst enemy. We create mosquito habitats close to our house. So if your yard is full of items that you don’t need and that are holding water, get rid of them. Old tires, for example, are notorious for retaining water that allows mosquitoes to breed. Throw them out or, if you’re using one for a swing, drill a hole in the bottom so the water can leak out. Also, clean your gutters so the water can drain freely.

Trees and plants near the house provide shade and housing for mosquitoes, while stagnant water and organic material, such as leaves, give mosquitoes everything they need to breed and survive. The better manicured lawn, with brush trimmed back, eliminates the areas that can be used as habitats.

  1. Turn over buckets and pools
    Kids’ toys, buckets, wading pools and anything else that holds water but you don’t want to throw out should be flipped over when not in use.

For water that can’t be drained, such as what accumulates in fish ponds or ditches, call us and we can take a look at the area for possible treatment with BTI.

  1. Tie your tarps tightly
    If you’re using a tarp to cover a pile of firewood, a speedboat, your grill or any other large items, make sure it’s pulled tight. Otherwise, rainwater pools in the folds and the low spots. If the tarp can’t be pulled tight, remove it so the water drains.