Mosquito Control

By: Stephen Bowers Email
By: Stephen Bowers Email

Mosquitoes are pesky little insects that breed in water. They have existed as we know them for at least 76 million years, and they aren't likely to go anywhere any time soon.

They breed in small bodies of water that usually aren't permanent. They usually prefer bird baths and standing water in your flower pots where their larvae won't be eaten by fish.

Mosquitoes can carry and transmit illnesses like malaria, enchepalitis, and of course -- West Nile Virus.

It's clear to see why mosquito control is important, and the City of Meridian sprays every night to help keep the mosquito population down, but what can you do to help?

City of Meridian Public Works Director Monty Jackson says, "The biggest thing is just to eliminate the water sources in your area or in your neighborhood or in your yard that will allow mosquitoes to lay their eggs. After every rain you need to go out and turn over the pans and pots and even toys - children's toys that are laying on the ground usually have a place that water can be collected, and after every rain you need to go dump those out so that mosquitoes will not be breeding in your neighborhood."

For water you can't drain, you should buy a larvaecide that will kill mosquito larvae.

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