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Posted on: May 28, 2010

[ARCHIVED] High Mosquito Population

The Cumberland County Vector Control Department program is enlisting the assistance of property owners to combat the high mosquito population, generated by recent rainfall.

Homeowners can play a vital role in identifying habitat on their property and in neighborhoods. There are many objects around the home which may contain water providing habitat for mosquitoes. Artificial water habitats include but are not limited to:

? Discarded containers, buckets, yard toys
? Bird baths, ornamental ponds, pool covers
? Clogged roof gutters, storm drains
? Unused uncovered boats, wheelbarrows, ceramic pots

The simplest and most economical solution is to empty the water from the container and render it so that it will not hold water again. If that is not possible, there are retail products that the homeowner can purchase at a lawn and garden store to place in the water that will inhibit mosquito growth. A listing of some of those products is available on the Vector Control Webpage.

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