Mayor Craig A. Moe wants residents to be aware that the City of Laurel will again participate in the Maryland Department of Agriculture’s Mosquito Control Program.
This program consists of two parts: larviciding, which is already underway, and adulticiding, which is when the trucks come around and spray if the mosquito counts are high in any particular area. The spraying portion of the program is expected to begin in June and continue through September. Laurel’s scheduled day for spraying is Sunday after dark and may continue until midnight or later.
The formula that is used has not changed and is not harmful to people and pets, but MDA suggests that, as a precaution, residents stay inside their homes, close their windows, bring in pets while the spray truck is in the vicinity, and then remain in the home for 20-30 minutes after the spray truck has passed by. If there is anyone outside when the truck passes by, no spray will be released, and the truck will not make another pass down that street.
One of the main concerns of high mosquito populations is the Zika virus, which is transmitted by the Asian Tiger mosquito. The State of Maryland follows the Zika virus reports very closely and lets us know if anyone has been diagnosed with the illness, so that we can inform residents to be cautious.
The best method for preventing the increase of this mosquito is a coordinated community cleanup. The Asian Tiger mosquito is a container breeder, meaning that it can lay its eggs in any standing water, so here are some tips to help control the mosquito population in your neighborhoods:
- Remember Tip It or Toss It! Remove any unnecessary water holding containers from the yard
s; including dog bowls, planters, recycling containers, trash can lids, and tires.
- Once a week, change the water in bird baths and children’s pools.
- Keep vines and grass cut.
- Clean out grass from stairwells after mowing to eliminate an attractive resting place for the bugs.
The Department of Public Works can assist with providing additional information regarding the breeding habits and lifecycle of mosquitoes as well as meeting with residents to determine potential breeding areas.
For more information, visit the Department of Public Works on the City’s website at www.cityoflaurel.org. And you can report stagnant water and areas with heavy mosquito populations to Michele Blair at the Laurel’s Public Works Department at 301-725-0088.