Maryland Department of Agriculture Asks Residents to Act Now to Help Control Mosquito Populations

~ Annapolis, MD - The Maryland Department of Agriculture's Mosquito Control Program is urging residents to take action in reducing mosquito populations on their properties. With the recent heavy rains, standing water has become a prime breeding ground for mosquitoes, which can carry harmful diseases such as West Nile Virus and Eastern Equine Encephalitis.

According to Maryland Department of Agriculture Secretary Kevin Atticks, now is the time for residents to be proactive in protecting themselves and their families from mosquito-borne illnesses. By eliminating places where mosquitoes can breed, such as containers that hold rainwater, residents can greatly reduce the number of mosquitoes in their yards later this summer.

It is crucial to start before mosquitoes become adults, as some species can live for several weeks. The most common nuisance in Maryland is the Asian Tiger Mosquito (Aedes albopictus), which has a distinct white stripe on its back and white spots on its legs. These mosquitoes do not fly very far and can be eliminated from yards by getting rid of their breeding locations.

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The department recommends covering gutter extenders with a fine mesh material and cleaning them twice a year to prevent water from accumulating. These extenders are a common breeding ground for Asian Tiger Mosquitoes due to their ribbing and curves that hold water.

For items that cannot be dumped but still hold water, residents can use biorational larvicides such as Mosquito Dunks or Mosquito Torpedoes. These pesticides only target mosquito larvae and are available at most hardware stores and retailers. It is important to read the label before use for proper application.

For more helpful tips and information on mosquito control, residents can visit MDA's Mosquito Control Program webpage. They can also visit the Maryland Department of Health's website for information on mosquito-borne diseases and specifically West Nile virus.

The Maryland Department of Agriculture's Mosquito Control Program emphasizes the importance of taking action now to reduce mosquito populations and protect against potential diseases. By following these simple steps, residents can enjoy a mosquito-free summer and keep themselves and their families safe.

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