Prepare – tis the Mosquito Season

Hot off the press from the folks who know – good advice for home or travel!!!

Ample spring rain followed by the first hot days of the year will likely bring mosquitoes to area backyards. “We encourage citizens to assist the Vector Control District in our mosquito control efforts by eliminating mosquito producing areas from their property,” said Jim Lunders, Manager and Biologist of the Jackson County (Oregon) Vector Control District. You should look around your property and dispose of, drain or turn over any containers that are holding rain or irrigation water that could produce mosquitoes. “Something as small as a five gallon bucket can produce hundreds of mosquitoes a week”, Lunders said. Ornamental ponds or stock tanks that cannot be drained should be stocked with mosquito fish, available free of charge from the District Office.

Information is key in the control of mosquitoes and the diseases they carry. We hope the public will stop by our both at this weekend’s Jackson County Master Gardeners Association Spring Garden Fair at the Jackson County Fairgrounds. We will have informational pamphlets covering rats, ticks and mosquitoes. Staff will also be available to answer questions from the public.

The following are suggestions to reduce you and your pet’s risk from mosquito borne disease:

  •   Eliminate all sources of standing water that can be a breeding ground for biting mosquitoes, such as flooded fields, birdbaths, wading pools & swimming pools not in use, clogged gutters and old tires. If it holds water for 7 days, it can produce mosquitoes.
  •   Stock mosquito fish in water troughs and ornamental ponds, they are available free at the District Office.
  •   Avoid outdoor activities at dusk and dawn when mosquitoes are most active.
  •   Wear long-sleeved shirts and long pants when in mosquito-infested areas.

Use mosquito repellents and make sure to follow the directions on the container. They are: o DEET,

o Oil of Lemon Eucalyptus o IR3535 or
o Picaridin,

  •   Make sure all screen doors and windows are in good repair and fit tightly.
  •   Vaccinate horses for WNv, consult your veterinarian.
  •   Use flea and tick control products that also control mosquitoes.
  •   Use Heartworm control products year round.
  •   Use EPA registered residual insect sprays on horses making sure to follow the direction on the container.

    Contacts:

    Act Now to Protect Yourself Against Backyard Mosquitoes

    James J. Lunders, Manager & Biologist Jackson County Vector Control District 541-826-2199

    Jim Shames, MD, Health Officer
    Jackson County Health and Human Services 541-774-7885

    Emilio DeBess, DVM, Public Health Veterinarian Oregon Health Authority
    971-673-1027

    Jackson County Vector Control District

    555 Mosquito Lane, Central Point, Oregon 97502 Telephone 541-826-2199
    Fax 541-826-8553

  • Additional information on West Nile Virus is on the Web at: http://public.health.oregon.gov/DiseasesConditions/DiseasesAZ/WestNileVirus/Pages/survey.as px U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention http://www.cdc.gov/ncidod/dvbid/westnile/Oregon Public Health Division http://public.health.oregon.gov/DHS/ph/acd/diseases/wnile/survey.shtml###

Photos by Larry Rea www.taxaflora.com

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