Mosquito Prevention and Control
Mosquitoes are annoying and may pose a health risk to both people and animals. There are several steps individuals can take to prevent mosquitoes.
The most successful way to prevent mosquitoes is to eliminate places where they breed:
- Water lawns and gardens carefully so water does not stand for several days
- Keep gutters free of leaves, debris and standing water
- Change water in pet dishes daily
- At least weekly, empty bird baths, wading pools, buckets and flower pots that hold water
- Maintain swimming pools and hot tubs so water does not become stagnant (this attracts mosquitoes)
- Keep lawns mowed since mosquitoes may be found in high grass and weeds
Protect you and your family from mosquitoes by remembering the Four D's:
- DRAIN standing water around homes, apartments and businesses.
- DUSK to DAWN is peak mosquito activity time. Stay indoors during these hours when possible.
- DRESS in long sleeves and pants when outside. Spray clothing with insect repellent.
- DEET: Use insect repellents containing DEET, picaridin or oil of lemon eucalyptus for the highest level of protection.
Greenville Mosquito Policy
The City of Greenville contracts Municipal Mosquito to trap and test mosquitoes for viruses of public health concern. Residents who notice a few mosquitoes in their area should make sure they have eliminated places where mosquitoes breed. If breeding grounds have been eliminated and mosquitoes are still present, it is advisable to apply residual insecticides to treat front and back door areas of the home. These products may be purchased at local garden, hardware and home improvement stores, as well as other retail outlets. Though the City acts to reduce the risk, personal responsibility is vital.
Resources for Mosquito Prevention and Control, West Nile Virus and Zika Virus
The following resources may be helpful in educating citizens about how to protect themselves and others.