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Protecting Yourself & Reducing the Mosquito Population
People can protect themselves and assist in controlling the mosquito population by taking some simple steps:
  • When outdoors, wear shoes and socks, as well as light colored long pants and a long-sleeved shirt, and apply insect repellent that includes DEET, picaridin or oil of lemon eucalyptus according to label instructions. Consult a physician before using repellents on infants.
  • Make sure doors and windows have tight-fitting screens and to keep them shut, especially at night.
  • Keep your yard cut short and bushes trimmed so adult mosquitoes will not hide there.
  • Discard old tires, tin cans, buckets, bottles, and other water-holding containers.
  • Keep gutters and drains clean so that water will drain properly. Repair leaky pipes and faucets.
  • Cover trash containers to keep out rainwater.
  • Empty plastic wading pools at least once a week and store indoors when not in use.
  • Change the water in birdbaths and plant pots at least once a week and stock ornamental ponds with mosquito eating fish or use mosquito larvae control products.

Please report concerns or issues through Clarke Environmental’s toll free hotline at 800-942-2555 in order to assist in centralizing the tracking and monitoring of issues and questions. Other questions can be directed to the Public Works Department at 630-719-4753.