The summer season is in full swing and so is mosquito season.
Homeowners can control pests in their general vicinity by trimming brush and raising canopies of well-established trees and shrubs, as well as by properly maintaining their yards.
It is important to note that the City of Arkansas City no longer sprays for mosquitoes. At one time, city grounds were treated with a substance called Biomist.
However, its effectiveness is less than the chemical DDT, which was outlawed in the 1980s.
Biomist — while healthier than the banned option — still poses health dangers to both humans and animals.
By eliminating the spraying of Biomist, the City has saved approximately $8,000 per year.
However, the City has refocused its pest control on larval control. Pesticides in solid form are used to eliminate larvae from standing water.
The City also focuses on known habitation and breeding areas, such as drainage canals and condemned properties, which could be collecting water in tires and other types of refuse.
Female mosquitoes lay their eggs in standing water. The eggs cannot survive outside of the water and must remain in the water for two to three days in order to hatch.
Eliminating standing water around the house can help to ensure that large numbers of mosquitoes do not develop in close proximity.