It's Mosquito Season! What You Can Do About It!
It doesn't take much time outside to realize that the mosquitoes have arrived in full force, as they always do, here in Shelby County. Just five minutes outside might find you with 20 bites if you aren't careful. And even though our Vector Control program works year round to reduce the mosquito population throughout Shelby County, YOU can make the biggest difference in your own back yard by doing some simple things around your house - and most of them are even free!
- Wear DEET-containing mosquito repellant according to label directions (this one isn't free, but it's worth the investment!)
- Eliminate standing water where mosquitoes can lay eggs. Check your yard for objects - including old tires, flower pots, drip plates, tin cans, buckets, and children's toys - that collect rainwater and dump the water out. Leave no container unturned!
- Do not use perfume, cologne, or other scented products while outdoors - smelling good might attract the ladies, but it also attracts mosquitoes!
- Install or repair window and door screens to keep mosquitoes out of your home
- Keep your swimming pool clean and empty out small plastic pools when they aren't in use
- Store wheelbarrows, canoes, and other large items upside down so they don't collect water
- Stock ornamental lawn ponds with Gambusia fish that eat mosquito larvae - yeah, we have fish for FREE at Vector Control to help you out! (call for availabiltiy - (901) 222-9715)
Our main prirority at the Health Department is your health, which is why we work to reduce the threat of mosquitoes carrying West Nile virus. We trap mosquitoes each week, test them, and use those results to help identify the areas under the biggest threat. We're sure you've heard of our spray schedules (here is the most recent), but the insecticide only effectively kills the mosquitoes flying in the air when its released - and that's certainly not all of them!
Vector Control also treats bodies of water across the county with insecticide to kill mosquito larvae before they even become mosquitoes. This is the most effective action we can take, but just like every other practice, we aren't going to be able to kill them all.
The Health Department staff works tirelessly year round to do our very best to protect you and your family from all public health threats. We strongly encourage you to do what you can around your home and business to help but an even bigger dent in the reduction of the mosquito population.
If there is an area around your home that concerns you, please call (901) 222-9715 with an address and one of our Vector Control representatives will be out to investigate.
New spray schedules and tips are posted each week on Twitter. @SCHDResponse