Crimson Clover, Mowing, and Mosquitoes

April 3, 2012

We have been receiving a lot of calls about mowing and mosquitoes from our residents. Due to the popularity of these topics at present, we wanted to give you all an update.

Mosquitoes

The Environmental Protection Agency and the Alabama Department of Environmental Management now require the City of Prattville to acquire a permit in order to be authorized to mosquito fog within the city limits. Urban Management has applied for this permit and is awaiting correspondence from these agencies in order to begin the fogging process.

Due to the abnormally warm and wet spring we've been experiencing, mosquitoes are quite active. Until we are able to begin fogging, there are measures residents can take to help us control the mosquito population:

  • Destroy and dispose of cans, tires and other containers on your property.
  • Make sure flowerpot saucers, plastic containers, and other potential water-holding containers have holes in the bottom to allow drainage.
  • Pick up children's toys such as buckets, shovels, and wagons. These items filled with water can breed mosquitoes.
  • Change water in wading pools every week.
  • Change water in birdbaths on a weekly basis.
  • Keep swimming pools properly maintained. Keep water from pooling on the plastic or canvas tarp covers. An untended pool means stagnant water, a breeding ground for mosquitoes to lay eggs that can produce thousands of mosquitoes in a couple of weeks. Thousands of mosquitoes can breed in one pool, live for more than a month and travel more than a mile.
  • Avoid over-irrigating lawns and gardens to prevent standing water.
  • Clean clogged roof drains and gutters to prevent standing water.

Mowing

We have noticed in the past few days, that the Autauga Crimson Clover is starting to go to seed. Urban Management will begin mowing at the end of next week, barring unforeseen weather conditions.

Please be patient with our Urban Management Department. They have a tremendous amount to do with limited staff. This department should have 34 employees on payroll for the scope of work required of them. At present, they have 16 working and 1 on extended medical leave. This will affect the mowing schedule. The City is mowed on a rotating schedule that is usually completed within one week's time. Due to their staffing shortage, it may now take almost two weeks to complete a full rotation.

Chapman Cemetery was mowed the end of last week. Oak Hill Cemetery was mowed today. Urban Management will attempt to mow those areas most visited on Easter by the end of the week. Again, please extend us your patience and understanding if they are unable to get to everything.

If you have any questions or concerns, you may contact Urban Management at (334) 365-9473 or Mayor Gillespie's office at (334) 361-3609. You may also use Mayor Gillespie's Suggestion Form to submit ideas, questions, concerns or praise.

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