Mosquito Season is fast approaching! The City of Laurel will, once again, participate in the Maryland Department of Agriculture’s Mosquito Control Program. This program consists of two parts -- larviciding and adulticiding. The larviciding is limited to public right-of-ways and areas where there is large amounts of standing water. The adulticiding phase consists of city-wide evening spraying. The City is scheduled for Sunday evenings.
This year we want residents to be aware of the Zika virus – which has been found to be transmitted by the Asian Tiger mosquito. The State of Maryland is following the Zika virus very closely and if the Governor declares a “health emergency” – all affected areas will be sprayed regardless of the day.
The best method for preventing the increase of this mosquito is a coordinated community cleanup. The Asian Tiger mosquito is a container breeder – meaning that it can lay its eggs in any standing water such as old tires, children’s toys, clogged gutters, bird baths, flower pots, cans, bottles, wading pools and pet water dishes to name just a few. In addition to “containers” any low lying areas in your yards that can hold water up to seven days may also be a mosquito breeding ground. Stopping mosquitoes at the larva stage is critical to mosquito control. Remember Tip it or Toss it. Containers of all sizes need to be tipped or tossed at least once per week.
The Department of Public Works can assist with providing additional information regarding the breeding habits and lifecycle of mosquitoes as well as meeting with residents to determine potential breeding areas. If you would like additional information please contact Michele Blair at the Department of Public Works – 301-725-0088.
The “Mosquito Control Program” on the Public Works page of the City’s website (cityoflaurel.org) – will have up-to-date information regarding any changes to the Mosquito Control Program, updates from the Maryland Department of Health and the Maryland Department of Agriculture regarding the Zika virus.