With warmer temperatures come those pesky little mosquitoes that tend to try to ruin our outdoor enjoyment time! The City of Wooster uses a tactical approach to control mosquitoes. While mosquitoes are more prevalent in the hot, rainy months of the year, we know that they still exist in general conditions and develop in water during their immature stages. Eradication is unrealistic, so a more reasonable goal is population reduction, management and public education and awareness. Mosquitoes can be harmful as they can carry diseases.
What the City of Wooster is doing to try to protect our community:
- Bi-weekly checks of known “hot spots” where mosquitoes lay eggs.
- Spray pesticides as needed by experienced local contractor during evening hours when pollinators are non-active.
- Educate the public through our website and fliers.
- Notify the public through newspaper, Facebook and via web as to when we are spraying.
There are many ways to keep the mosquito population to a minimum, and here are a few ways you can do your part:
- Repair leaky water equipment.
- Keep rain gutters cleaned out.
- Change bird bath water weekly.
- Keep trash containers closed.
- Change pet water bowls, open feeding troughs frequently.
- Maintain pools, hot tubs, ponds, water gardens.
- Keep boats covered.
- Flip wagons, wheelbarrows, kiddie pools, etc. upside down when not in use, as they hold water.
- Things you can do to protect yourself and/or family:
- Use insect repellent while outdoors.
- Wear long sleeves and pants at dawn and dusk when mosquitoes are most active.
- Keep screens on doors and windows in good condition and free of tears or holes to keep mosquitoes out.