Carrollwood Springs Homeowner Assn

Top Ten Mosquito Prevention Tips

Posted in: Lowry Park

Hillsborough County wants to educate residents on how to prevent mosquitoes from breeding around their homes and feeding on them.  Here are the County’s top ten mosquito prevention tips from the Mosquito and Aquatic Weed Control Unit:

1) Get rid of mosquito-breeding containers.  Destroy or dispose of tin cans, old tires, buckets, unused plastic swimming pools or other containers that collect and hold water.  Do not allow water to accumulate in the saucers of flowerpots, cemetery urns, pet dishes, birdbaths, boats/canoes or livestock troughs.

2) Prevent your swimming pool from becoming a breeding ground.  If you aren’t using your swimming pool, put a cover over it.  Make sure the cover doesn’t sag and hold pools of rainwater, which can also provide a breeding ground.  Another option is to stock the pool with fish, which will eat the mosquito larvae and prevent them from hatching off. Gambusia or mosquito fish are available to residents from Mosquito Control staff by calling 554-5029.

3) If you have bromeliad plants in your yard, regularly rinse them out with a garden hose.  Mosquito larvae need water to grow and evolve, and bromeliads are an excellent host.  The average bromeliad can be expected to produce around a hundred mosquitoes per year.  That may not seem like much, but if you have ten or twenty plants in your yard, that’s several thousand mosquitoes!

4) Protect your children from mosquitoes, especially at night.  Hot, sweaty children playing outdoors at night are like a glowing beacon to mosquitoes.  Protect your children from irritating bites and the possibility of mosquito-borne illnesses by ensuring they cover exposed skin, and wear an insect repellent containing DEET.  Please read the label before using this product and avoid direct application to the face.

5) Keep your rain gutters cleaned out.  Rain gutters can get clogged with leaves and debris, which impede the flow of water.  Not only is that bad for your roof, it creates an ideal habitat for mosquito larvae, which need water to grow into adults.

6) Take special precautions at dusk.  Dusk is a mosquito’s favorite time to fly and bite.  A good onshore breeze will keep the mosquitoes at bay, but if you haven’t got one, a portable fan will do the trick.  Mosquitoes aren’t strong fliers, and air currents moving past you will keep the mosquitoes moving too.  Remember also to wear long sleeves and insect repellent containing DEET.  Please read the label before using the product and avoid direct application to the face.

7) Take special precautions in high mosquito areas.  Use head nets, long sleeves and long pants if you venture into areas with high mosquito populations, such as salt marshes.  Also use insect repellent containing DEET on any exposed skin.  Please read the label before using the product and avoid direct application to the face.

8) Be extra careful when a warning is in effect.  If there is a mosquito-borne disease warning in effect, stay inside during dawn and dusk when mosquitoes are more active.

9) Make sure window and door screens are "bug tight."  Check your screens periodically to make sure there are no holes and replace worn-out screens.

10) Watch out for puddles in your yard.  Irrigate lawns and gardens carefully to prevent water from standing for several days.  If you have tried these tips and are still having a mosquito problem around your home, you can call the Public Works Customer Service number at 635-5400 to speak to staff and request service.  A mosquito control inspector will come for an on-site inspections to give suggestions and may schedule treatment if it is found to be necessary as a result of a visit.

The Unit employs a modern approach to mosquito control, which includes mosquito and bird surveillance, mosquito source reduction, biological controls, mosquito larvicide control, barrier spraying, educational outreach, and when necessary as a last resort, adult mosquito spraying.  As part of its surveillance program, the Unit operates 14 sentinel chicken sites and 77 mosquito surveillance traps placed around the County, and conducts more than 25,000 mosquito larvae inspections per year.  In 2008, the Unit also responded to more than 5,480 customer service requests, distributed larvicide over more than 14,000 acres, adulticided more than 230,000 acres, and treated more than 550 acres of aquatic floating vegetation that harbored mosquito larvae.

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  • brendanoe
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  Hello.   I'm trying to start a neighborhood association and

a neighborhood watch group.  We are in Pinehurst, which

is very close to copperfield.  I'd like to get some more information

on how to do those things, but I'd also like to get with my fellow

communities and work together to fight the robberies, gang grafitti,

etc going on in the neighborhood.  Please give me a call at your

earliest convenience.

 

813-335-1782

Brenda or Jim

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  • patriot101
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Since you are not within the city limits of the City of Tampa, you would contact the Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office in order to start a Neighborhood Watch at (813) 247-8115.

Their website is http://www.hcso.tampa.fl.us/Departments/Department-of-Operational-Support/Community-Outreach-Division/Neighborhood-Watch-New.aspx

This is your best option for networking with your community to reduce crime.

 

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