Mosquito control

Mosquitoes are pests. It's up to all of us to help prevent their proliferation in the spring and summer. 

The City’s Public Works Department has started its spraying program to reduce the number of adult mosquitoes. Spray-mounted trucks cover City residential areas from around 5 p.m. – 9 p.m in the spring and summer months. In addition, crews respond to 311 requests for spraying. Spraying will be suspended in rainy, cool, or overly windy conditions, as the treatment is less effective.

The Parks & Recreation Department is inspecting City-owned areas for places with standing water or other conditions that lead to increased mosquito activity. Crews will deploy eradication discs to kill mosquito larvae for up to two months in parks and around neighborhood centers.

These efforts, combined with an increased vigilance on the part of citizens, are key to keeping mosquito populations under control. Residents are urged to look around where they live to identify areas where mosquitoes could thrive, typically containers that can hold water. 

Preventing mosquito breeding by eliminating standing water is the most effective way to control mosquitoes.

Download an information card to learn about how to protect yourself around the home.

 

Online resources:

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Zika information

http://www.cdc.gov/zika/

http://www.cdc.gov/niosh/topics/outdoor/mosquito-borne/pdfs/osha-niosh_fs-3855_zika_virus_04-2016.pdf

Arkansas Health Department Zika information

http://www.healthy.arkansas.gov/programsServices/infectiousDisease/zoonoticDisease/zika/Pages/default.aspx