June 7, 2017
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
April 4, 2017
AND IT BEGINS
Mosquito Season 2017 will be challenging. We have had record rainfall and extremely high river levels, which are in flood stages in a lot of areas. Access points are currently difficult to access due to the amount of debris down from the winter storms and high water. All this water is shaping up to give us flood water mosquitoes this year. The District will be working to access and monitor keys areas that have and do create flood water resulting in mosquito hatches.
We are currently seeing some over winter mosquitoes on the few warm days we have had. Make no mistake these nuisances mosquitoes will be looking for a location to lay eggs. Of course with all the water they don’t have to look far. Please take some time and assess your yards for ANYTHING that HOLDS WATER, planters, gutters, buckets, tires (especially tires), toys, and gutters. These areas are perfect for a mosquito to lay eggs and make your yard miserable.
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.
September 6, 2016
Here is an opportunity to get rid of those old tires that collect water and breed mosquitoes at NO CHARGE!
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
Stevenson Transfer Facility – SEPTEMBER 17TH 2016
1332 Ryan Allen Rd.
Stevenson, WA 98648
Mt. Pleasant Drop Box Facility – SEPTEMBER 24TH 2016
1111 Mt. Pleasant Rd.
Washougal, WA 98671
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.
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!
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!