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Combating mosquitoes: What you can do to protect your home

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RIDGELAND, MS (WLBT) -

With the recent rain across the metro, cities are working to get ahead of increasing mosquito populations.  

Mike McCollum, director of public works for the City of Ridgeland, said the city uses several methods such as public outreach, an adulticide spraying program, and larvicide tablets, in an effort to keep the mosquito population down in Ridgeland.

McCollum said the adulticide spraying program, which includes a truck spraying a chemical to attack adult mosquitoes, is what most people are familiar with.

“We try to spray the entire city at least once a week,” McCollum said. “We have 2 trucks that run so that’s been fairly consistent. We usually start in April and it winds up sometime in November.”

Although the city sprays, McCollum said the most effective way for residents to cut down on mosquitos is to get rid of standing water.

“When the mosquito truck goes down the street, it only sprays right there in the street, it doesn’t get into your backyard,” McCollum said. “So, eliminating standing water is the most effective means to controlling mosquitoes.”

The larvicide tablets can be added to standing water to kill the mosquitoes that are in the water.

McCollum recommends using the tablets every two to three weeks and said they can be delivered to Ridgeland residents after contacting the Public Works Department.

You can also take other measures to protect yourself from mosquitos when you’re outdoors.

McCollum recommends using a mosquito repellant spray with DEET, avoid going outdoors in the evening and wearing long sleeve clothing to protect yourself.

If you’re a Ridgeland resident and want more information about the city’s mosquito-control programs, contact the Ridgeland Public Works Department at 601-853-2027.

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