Residents Asked to Reduce Mosquito Population by Eliminating Standing Water

August 10, 2017

The best way to prevent mosquito bites and mosquito-borne diseases is to get rid of mosquito breeding habitats. Because it is the height of mosquito season and the area just endured a significant 24-hour rain event, the Calvert County Department of General Services Mosquito Control Program urges residents to assist with mosquito control by inspecting their properties for standing water. Any area or container that holds water for a week or more has the potential to produce hundreds, or even thousands, of mosquitoes.

The county Mosquito Control Program team offers the following tips:
• Drain or dump tarps, buckets and flower pots.
• Keep roof gutters free of leaves and other debris.
• Fill in tree stump holes from blown over trees as soon as possible.
• Dispose of cans, plastic containers and anything else that can hold water.
• Cover or drill holes in recycling containers or outside trash cans.
• Turn over wheelbarrows, wading pools and similar items or put them away.
• Store boats covered or upside down.
• Clean and put fresh water in birdbaths or wading pools regularly.
• Make sure your home’s windows and doors have proper screening.
• When outdoors wear light colored long pants and long sleeves.
• Use an approved insect repellent according to manufacturers’ instructions.

2 Responses to Residents Asked to Reduce Mosquito Population by Eliminating Standing Water

  1. Anonymous on August 10, 2017 at 9:43 am

    That is kind of hard to do when i have an abandoned house on one side,and one behind me that no one cares for the standing water areas are atrocious. I have mentioned to County Officials about blight issues to no avail..

  2. Joe Johnson on August 12, 2017 at 9:25 pm

    What do we need to do when it comes to Asian Tiger Mosquito’s, they need only a drop of water to lay eggs which wait for the next good rain to grow into nymphs, seeing dew can be enough to start the life cycle, any further info would be appreciated!