The Mosquito Control Commission is busy year round but their popularity soars this time of year when the bugs are biting and we all want to be outside. The Mosquito Control Commission does a variety of things to control the mosquito population but much of the prevention can and should take place right in your backyard. Here are some tips to help keep the biters at bay.
Dump all stagnant water once a week. This means things like flower pots, children’s toys, tarps, and lawn equipment. Any item that holds water for more than a week can become a mosquito breeding ground.
If you can’t dump the water once a week (like in a bird fountain), you can find Mosquito Bits or Dunks at most home stores which, when sprinkled into stagnant water, will eliminate most mosquito larvae. Be sure you apply as directed.
Keep ditches and storm drains around your property free of debris such as grass clippings. A clogged storm drain means standing water which is particularly attractive to West Nile Virus mosquitos.
Consider planting natural repellents such as citronella, lemon balm, lavender, and catnip. They certainly aren’t a replacement for bug spray but they won’t make matters worse!
If you’ve followed all these steps and still think you have a mosquito problem, give the Mosquito Control Commission a call at 382-3450 between 7:00 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. during the week so that they can come take a look. Learn more about mosquitos and find where Mosquito Control will be spraying next by visiting CityofChesapeake.net/Mosquito.