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City marks Mosquito Control Awareness Week

The American Mosquito Control Association has declared June 20-26 as National Mosquito Control Awareness Week. The public plays a critical role in mosquito populations and prevention, both at home and at work, so reminding home and business owners of what to look for is essential in fighting the bite.

Charles Abadam, Suffolk Mosquito Control Superintendent, says, “Mosquitoes lay eggs in standing water, and it only takes three to seven days for those eggs to hatch. It is important for everyone to help with preventing potential breeding sites. Tip and toss containers holding water, dispose of old tires, clear gutters, drain water from tarps, and clean kiddie pools are popular and effective ways for homeowners to reduce mosquito populations in their yards.”

Business owners can help, too. In addition to clearing gutters, keeping parking lots litter-free is important. Something as small as a bottle top can hold water and be a potential breeding site.  Business owners can borrow litter equipment from Litter Control to assist with keeping their area litter-free by calling 514-7604. Ensuring lids are fastened on dumpsters and trash cans to keep out rainwater helps, too.

Free Mosquito Dunks are available to Suffolk residents at fire stations, libraries, recreation centers, City Hall and the Visitor Center. You do need to bring a Suffolk ID. Mosquito Dunks are a biological pesticide that kills mosquito larvae or young mosquitoes that live in stagnant water. Place them in stagnant water ponds, ditches, or containers such as bird-baths. The dunks will be effective for about a month. Residents can get one free pack every month.

For more information, please contact Suffolk Mosquito Control 514-7609 or mosquito.control@sufolkva.us.