The City of Heath does not spray for mosquitoes because research has shown that broadcast spraying programs are not effective, can be toxic, and are difficult to control.
Sprayed insecticides have only about a ten-minute effective life. Also, they can create a health risk for citizens with asthma and other breathing problems. Furthermore, insecticides may be toxic to the wildlife in the area.
Following are recommendations for preventing mosquito bites and controlling the insects on your property:
- Mosquitoes are typically most active at dusk and dawn, April through October. It is best to remain indoors if possible during these times.
- Use mosquito repellants on exposed skin whenever you are in an area where mosquitoes may be present. Repellants provide extra protection individuals need when exposed to mosquitoes and other disease-carrying insects. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends using insect repellant that contains DEET (N, N-diethyl-m-toluamide). Follow the application guidelines on the product label.
- Wear long-sleeved pants and shirts and closed toe shoes when outdoors. Spray clothing with repellants containing picaridin, permethrin, or DEET. Follow the application guidelines on the product label.
Around your Property:
- Make sure doors and windows have tight fitting screens. Repair or replace screens that have tears or holes.
- Eliminating places where mosquitoes can lay eggs is the best way to control the pests. Young mosquitoes need standing water to develop ? mosquitoes can lay eggs in any standing water. Eliminate standing water, including clogged gutters, pool covers, flower pots, empty wheelbarrows, and pools of water anywhere in the yard.
- Replace water in bird baths and scrub them about every three days. Drain hoses frequently.
- Remind or help neighbors to eliminate breeding sites on their properties.
- Clean and chlorinate swimming pools, outdoor saunas and hot tubs. If not in use keep covered.
- If you have a pond or other water features on your property, mosquito insecticide briquettes can be purchased at local hardware stores to place in the water. Briquettes have a 30-day life, are non-toxic to pets/wildlife, and present no health concerns for citizens.