By Elsa Maxey
On the top of priorities for cities in this area, mosquito control is becoming more the talk of the town these days given the recent rains. In addition to the municipalities’ larvacide and spraying programs, advice to residents for their on role on the matter includes:
Emptying water from flowerpot saucers, tires, birdbaths, plastic swimming pools; Cleaning gutters of debris and standing water; Repairing leaky plumbing and outside faucets; Stocking ornamental ponds with mosquito eating fish; and Draining water from tree holes.
Residents are reminded that all mosquitoes must have water to develop and they prefer slow-moving or stagnant water for laying their eggs. Here’s a little known fact: one tablespoon of water will breed over 200 mosquitoes!
In Sugar Land, the city uses both larvacide and spraying for what is termed the most efficient mosquito control. The city reports that the larvacide application kills the mosquito larvae. The applications begin in the spring and run into the fall.
Sugar Land targets two areas — north of U.S. 90A, where larvacide is placed in open ditches and south of U.S. 90A in areas around levees. The application of EPA-approved aerosol is effective for approximately 30 minutes, according to city information, and for a distance of up to 300 feet from the street, depending upon weather conditions. Vehicle-mounted units spray the street rights-of-way throughout the entire city to help reduce the adult mosquito population.