Contact: Joanna Wilson, DNREC Public Affairs, 302-739-9902
National Mosquito Control Awareness Week: June 22-28
DNREC Mosquito Control Section urges: Do your part
in helping keep mosquito populations down in Delaware
DOVER (June 24, 2014) – The American Mosquito Control Association (AMCA) has declared June 22-28 as the 18th-annual National Mosquito Control Awareness Week, and in observance of the event, DNREC’s Mosquito Control Section is encouraging Delawareans to take precautions to avoid or reduce mosquito bites, and to put particular emphasis on eliminating backyard mosquito-producing habitat.
“As a sustaining member of the American Mosquito Control Association, the Delaware Mosquito Control Section joins with our AMCA colleagues around the country in highlighting our efforts in making modern life as mosquito-free as possible, or at least tolerable compared to extreme infestations in past eras,” said Dr. William Meredith, DNREC Mosquito Control Section administrator and past president of the AMCA. “But we can’t achieve all of this on our own, so we urge property owners to help us – and themselves, too – by practicing good water sanitation on their lands.”
Whenever there are large rainfall events, Mosquito Control staff are working hard to control the large numbers of mosquitoes that can emerge from natural habitats. However, contending with the many artificial habitats holding standing water requires the help of homeowners throughout the state. The best approach for mosquitoes is prevention, and it’s easy to make a difference in your community by eliminating standing water from artificial containers on your property and encouraging your neighbors to do the same.
The growing population of Asian tiger mosquitoes is of particular concern with artificial container habitats. The Asian tiger mosquito is an aggressive, daytime biter distinguished by its white stripes on a black body. Asian tiger mosquitoes lay eggs in and hatch from tarps, flower pots, boats, tires, rain gutters, corrugated pipes (especially those connected to downspouts) – anything around your yard that can collect water. These nuisance mosquitoes don’t fly more than a few hundred yards from where they are born, so that means that if you have these mosquitoes, the source is very likely your yard or one of your immediate neighbors’. Removal of even the smallest amounts of standing water in artificial containers from your property will help reduce or eliminate these mosquitoes from your area.
If you can’t eliminate the mosquitoes from your area, remember to protect yourself from mosquito bites by avoiding outdoor activities during peak mosquito times (dusk to dawn), wearing long sleeves and long pants, and/or properly using mosquito repellent.
Also note: To help the Mosquito Control Section determine when and where to provide control services, or to request mosquito control service, please report intolerable numbers of biting mosquitoes as follows:
· New Castle County and northern Kent County from Dover north, including Dover, Little Creek, Kitts Hummock and Hartly, call Mosquito Control’s Glasgow office at 302-836-2555.
· Remainder of southern Kent County and all of Sussex County, including Marydel, Camden-Wyoming and Magnolia, call Mosquito Control’s Milford office at 302-422-1512.
Advance public notice of when and where spraying will occur is given daily via radio announcements, by calling 800-338-8181 toll-free, or by visiting Delaware Mosquito Control. Interested parties may also subscribe to receive email notices by visiting the DNREC homepage – click on “Email List Subscription” under Services and follow directions to sign up for mosquito control spray announcements.
For more information about Delaware’s Mosquito Control program, please call 302-739-9917.
Vol. 44, No. 217