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Mosquito Control

Public Works - General Services
410 Park Drive
Lebanon, TN 37090                                           
Phone: (615) 444-0825
Fax: (615)443-2821                                     

 
Mosquito Control                                                                              Mosquito Spray Chemical Specifications

The recent incidents across the nation and the South involving the West Nile Virus have raised concern by many people regarding steps local governments might take to control mosquitoes in their areas since mosquitoes are the primary transporters of the virus.

There are generally three approaches to controlling mosquitoes. The first involves the use of EPA approved insecticides containing chemicals such as Permethrin or Resmethrin for fogging and killing the adult, flying mosquitoes. The second involves the use of approved larvacides to kill mosquito larvae or eggs that may be present in standing water, which is where mosquitoes lay their eggs and larvae form.

Several cities in Tennessee do nothing other than to advise residents to check their property every 3 to 4 days to eliminate any standing water, no matter how large or small the amount, and to avoid being outdoors in the early morning and evening hours when mosquitoes are at their peak presence.

In an effort to combat these pests, the city of Lebanon, TN has implemented a spraying or fogging program. The fogging works by killing the adult mosquitoes on contact. This program was started in 2004 and entails the spraying of residential streets several times during the “mosquito season”, typically mid May to mid October. The city does not treat bodies of standing water located on private property. Check the local paper for a schedule of fogging in your area.

It should be noted that the fogging process generally only covers a 100 feet wide area along the right-of-way and does not provide any concentrated coverage into residential back yards, the area most prone for harboring mosquitoes. Homeowners may choose to purchase portable fogging units and/or apply larvacides to address mosquito problems in their backyards. A check with local stores shows that portable electric or propane operated fogging units and fogging chemicals, aerosol foggers and mosquito larvacides are available at various local retailers.

For more information on mosquito control and the West Nile Virus, check out the following web sites:

Centers for Disease Control

http://www.cdc.gov/ncidod/dvbid/westnile/index.htm

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
http://www.epa.gov/pesticides/health/mosquitoes/
http://www.epa.gov/pesticides/factsheets/mosquitojoint.htm


MOSQUITO CONTROL TIPS


Mosquitoes are an all too familiar summer nuisance. They are not only annoying, but they can be transmitters of the West Nile Virus, encephalitis, malaria, and yellow fever to humans, and heartworm to pets. You can take simple, positive steps to reduce this menace right at home, since many generations of mosquitoes can breed right in your own yard.

Standing water means you could be raising mosquitoes! Adult flying mosquitoes often rest in tall grass and shrubbery, but they cannot develop there. All mosquitoes need water to complete their life cycle. Mosquitoes also are not known to travel long distances from their water source.

Mosquitoes lay their eggs in standing water where they hatch in just a day or two. They can do this in water that has been standing for as little as four days. Places mosquitoes may lay their eggs are in old tires, tin cans, or other water-holding containers including birdbaths, wading and small swimming pools, ornamental ponds, clogged gutters, flowerpots or the drip plates beneath them, cups, glasses, drink cans, etc. The eggs may remain unhatched for weeks or even months until they are covered with water!

As a controlling method, residents should check their premises for standing water every two or four days and after any rainfall event, and empty any containers of stagnant water. This includes eliminating puddles of water on their property.

To reduce the risk of being bitten, if possible, avoid being outdoors in the early morning or in the evening. If you must go out, wear long-sleeved shirts, long pants and socks, and apply EPA and CDC DEET, following the instructions on the label. Check with your pediatrician before using a repellant containing DEET on small children. Also, keep windows and doors closed or covered with screens to prevent mosquitoes from entering the house.
 

CHECK OUT THIS YARD AND HOME CHECKLIST FOR HELPFUL IDEAS:
  • Get rid of old tires, tin cans, buckets, drums, bottles, or any water holding containers.
  • Fill in or drain any low places (puddles, ruts) in yard.
  • Keep drains, ditches, and culverts clean of weeds and trash so water will drain properly.
  • Cover trash containers to keep out rain water.
  • Repair leaky pipes and outdoor faucets.
  • Empty plastic wading pools at least once a week and store it indoors when not in use.
  • Make sure your backyard pool is properly cared for while on vacation.
  • Fill in tree rot holes and hollow stumps that hold water with sand or concrete.
  • Change the water in bird baths and plant pots or drip trays at least every other day.