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Mosquitoes in Our Community – Things We Can Do

Mosquito

According to MD Department of Environmental Protection, the mosquito season typically peaks up in late August and early September. Though the City has been working with the State on a mosquito spraying program (see more at the end of this email), we can do much to prevent spread of mosquitoes and hence the diseases they carry. Please note the State confirmed the first death from West Nile virusthis week.
Get rid of standing water. At least once a week, take a few minutes to tour your property and ensure that there is no standing water that will allow mosquitoes to develop. Dump the water and any larvae before mosquitoes can emerge and fly.
Check screens and screen doors to make sure they fit snugly. Repair openings larger than a dime, and ensure that
window screens are closed whenever the windows are open.
Brush mosquitoes off before entering your home or automobile. Some species, such as the Asian tiger mosquito,
will follow you indoors and into your vehicle.
Don’t let them bite! Wear light-colored clothing, cover as much skin as possible, and use a proven insect repellent.
Note: The CDC reports that “Ultrasonic” devices and Vitamin B are NOT effective in preventing mosquito bites.
Clean rain gutters at least twice a year
Check for containers or trash in places that may be hard to see- under bushes, parked vehicles or trailers, and
under your home or deck.
Involve your kids by making a game of finding and emptying things that hold water. Offer to help if neighbors are unable to perform weekly inspections when they are vacationing, ill, or disabled.
Here is what has been done so far this season in the city in terms of larviciding, spraying and trapping:
Larviciding:
The whole town was done between 3/22 and 4/27
Again the week ending 6/19
Again the week ending 7/27
The typical native mosquito breeding sites have been treated throughout the city – ditches, puddles, ponds, swampy areas, ruts, etc.  We DO NOT treat containers in residents’ yards, which is the major breeding site of the Asian tiger mosquito (ATM), College Park’s main problem species.
Spraying:
Section 6 (Yarrow) was sprayed on 7/25
Sections 1 & 5 (Hollywood and CP Woods) were sprayed on 8/1
Trapping:
The following are the  trap results thus far:
7/26   9704 47th Place (BG trap, specifically for attracting ATMs)  25 female mosquitoes
8/7    4820 Delaware St (BG)   88 females
5/31 (60 females), 6/26 (8),  8/7 (10)  end of De Pauw (CP Woods)
6/5 (6),  6/26 (4),  8/7 (8)   end of Huron St (Hollywood)
6/26 (4), 7/31 (24)   Kiernan at Park St
6/5 (5), 7/23 (14)   Lackawanna at 53rd (Hollywood)
6/20 (31) our Mosquito Control HQ building
8/7 (15)  4900 block of Muskogee (BG) (Hollywood)
7/26 (9)  end of Odessa Rd (BG)
6/5 (3),  7/31 (14)   Old Calvert Road behind Yarrow
5/31 (69),  6/26 (16),  7/23 (15), 7/31 (3)  end of Patricia Court
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