As you can see by driving around, we have HIGH WATER everywhere. Mosquitoes require water to lay their eggs and one female mosquito can lay hundreds of eggs. Please take a walk around your yard and dump any standing water in any type of container.
The Skamania County Mosquito Control District urges area residents to help control mosquito population. Mosquitoes require standing water for their production. Eliminating standing water early in the spring helps to reduce the production of mosquitoes. Here are a few ideas for searching out and eliminating potential breeding grounds for mosquitoes:
- Keep bird baths and ornamental ponds clean. In warm weather, change water weekly.
- Remove leaves from gutters so water will flow freely. Fill or drain puddles, ditches and swampy areas.
- Eliminate standing water around animal watering troughs.
- Check around faucets and air conditioner units and repair leaks and eliminate puddles that remain for several days.
- Dispose of, or store in a dry place, any cans, bottles, tires, and any other containers that hold water.
- Cover boats or store upside down or in a dry place.
- Where feasible, fill all holes in the trees on your property.
- When swimming season is over, empty and store wading pools in a dry place. Cover large pools and check frequently to insure against mosquito breeding. Pool chemicals like chlorine, at ordinary concentrations, will not kill mosquito larvae.
Elimination of standing water must be an on going routine to reduce later mosquito problems. Continue to monitor potential breeding grounds throughout the spring, summer, and fall.
Contact us with any questions or concerns – 360-904-4345 or SCmosquitocontrol@gmail.com