PLEASE CHECK CONTAINERS AROUND YOUR HOME AND YARD FOR WATER

April 27, 2012

The District needs ALL  residents to help control mosquito breeding sites around their homes. Mosquitoes require standing water for their production. Eliminating standing water helps to reduce the production of mosquitoes. PLEASE take a few minutes and walk around your home and yard, paying close attention to ANYTHING that holds water.  If water is present, please dump the water out and if possible leave the item turned upside down.

Anything you can do helps the over all mosquito population.  Always, keep in mind, if an item can hold ANY amount of water, a mosquito can lay eggs in it.  THINK, EMPTY CONTAINERS!!!!

Thank you, we do appreciate your help!!

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Mosquito Season Is Upon Us

April 10, 2012

The Skamania County Mosquito Control District covers the West side from the East of Smith Cripe Road to the West side of the Bridge of the Gods including the town of North Bonneville. The most important and least visible part of our program involves searching out mosquito larvae in standing water and using control measures that are cost-effective and environmentally friendly to eliminate these pests before they develop into adults. Most of the products we use are biological in origin and are highly specific for mosquitoes while having little or no effect on other organisms.   The objective is to minimize breeding sites when possible and to attack mosquitoes at their source, by treating mosquito larvae as they hatch.     It is far more effective to reduce mosquito populations at their source, before they fly into neighborhoods then it is to reduce mosquito populations once they have spread from the breeding source.  Controlling mosquitoes when they are in the water is an effective approach because the mosquito is somewhat isolated and known breeding sites are recorded and routinely monitored.  Our goal is to achieve a level of control sufficient to maintaining an acceptable level of risk (exposure to vector and/or nuisance adult mosquitoes) with the least possible adverse impact to the environment.

We encourage area residents to help control mosquito breeding sites around their homes. Mosquitoes require standing water for their production. Eliminating standing water from early in the spring to late summer helps to reduce the production of mosquitoes. Here are a few ideas for searching out and eliminating potential mosquito breeding areas around your home and yard:

  • Regularly drain standing water from containers such as flowerpots, pet bowls, birdbaths,

buckets, 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.

Keep in mind that one female can lay 250 eggs in one batch and within one week those can turn into 250 adult mosquitoes in your backyard. Proper source reduction benefits us all.  Relatively calm water that stays around for any length of time can easily produce a hatch in seven days. The good news is that anything you can do to interrupt this process can stop mosquitoes in their tracks. The bad news is that it only takes a little water (as little as 1/4 of an inch), a little food (almost any organic material will do) and a little time (in the right conditions, they can go from egg to adult in 7 days) to produce mosquitoes.

Most species of mosquitoes have heightened levels of activity around dusk and dawn. So, if possible, try avoiding areas with mosquitoes during these times.  Avoidance is not always possible; so take some steps to minimize your exposure to mosquitoes.

  • Make sure all your door and window screens are in good shape. Use screened windows and doors as opposed to wide open ones that allow insects (including mosquitoes) to enter.
  • Loose fitting long-sleeved shirts and pants offer greater protection from mosquitoes. The loose clothing provides ‘depth’ so that mosquitoes cannot reach the skin to bite.
  • When necessary, use an approved mosquito repellent. Always follow label instructions and take special care when applying to children.

The Skamania County Commissioners have announced free dump day for tires and appliances on April 21, 2012 from 8am to 5pm.  Please take the time to get rid of those old tires, especially the ones without wheels that hold water and make the PERFECT breeding site for mosquitoes.  Your neighbors will appreciate you doing this!

If you have any questions about mosquito control within the district boundary or to report mosquito problems, phone or email us at  SCmosquitocontrol@gmail.com or (360) 904-4345.  Additional information and schedule changes will be posted and updated on our website mosquitoboard.wordpress.com  or

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

Thank you,

Skamania County Mosquito Control District