The domestic control program targets two species of mosquitoes: the yellow fever mosquito, and the Southern house mosquito. These mosquitoes are most easily controlled by treating or emptying containers that hold water since the eggs of both species are laid in water-holding containers. Citizens can do much to prevent mosquito breeding on their property by the elimination or water in garbage cans, flowerpots, other containers and flushing bird baths on a weekly basis. Items that can hold water but are no longer used, such as old tires, should be disposed of properly.
Visiting Residential Homes
Homeowner inspections are one of our largest and most important methods in helping to eliminate mosquitoes around homes and drains in residential communities. Inspectors work to remove the mosquitoes by ridding the property of standing water thereby removing places for the mosquito to lay her eggs. Drains are inspected and treated or mosquito-eating fish may be introduced to combat mosquitoes where appropriate. The most problematic mosquito is the Aedes aegypti that have the potential to spread dengue fever or one of the other viruses which it is capable of transmitting. Homeowners are educated on effective methods of mosquito prevention and control including:
- Emptying all standing water and water-holding containers in their yards
- Keeping hot tubs and pools in working condition.
- Changing water in pet bowls, flower vases, and birdbaths.
- Screening rain barrels, water tanks, and cisterns or requesting fish
- Emptying plastic swimming pools when not in regular use
- Flushing out water-holding plants like bromeliads
- Cleaning clogged roof gutters and draining flat roofs
- Stocking ornamental ponds with mosquito-eating fish
- Drilling holes in garbage cans and recycle bins
- Removing old tires with stagnant water
- Removing water from stored boats