Mosquito Fogging Begins on May 23rd

May 19, 2011

Every mosquito control professional knows that reducing or eliminating mosquito breeding sites in the community is an effective means to control mosquito populations. Increasing public awareness and involving businesses and residents is an important part of a successful program.

The following are suggestions that will help the Urban Management Department in their efforts to control mosquito breeding:

  • Destroy and dispose of cans, tires and other containers on your property.
  • Make sure flower pot 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.
  • Avoid over-irrigating lawns and gardens to prevent standing water.
  • Clean clogged roof drains and gutters to prevent standing water.

The Urban Management Department operates two ULV mosquito foggers during the active mosquito season - beginning this year on May 23rd and lasting until cooler weather slows or stops mosquitoes. They will be fogging five nights per week - Monday through Friday. Fogging begins each afternoon at 6:00 p.m. and lasts until 9:00 p.m. This is during the dusk hours when mosquitoes are most active.

During normal operations, unless otherwise directed, a rotation system is used throughout the city. At five days per week, the Urban Management is able to cover a quadrant of the City each night unless weather conditions are prohibitive. Conditions that would prevent fogging would be rain or winds above ten miles per hour.