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Prevent mosquito populations by removing habitats around the home

No one likes mosquitoes. That’s a fact. They bite – some of us more than others – and those bites, while itchy and uncomfortable, can lead to illness with the possibility for dangerous health consequences.

You can coat yourself in insect repellent, whether comprised of varying levels of DEET or a more natural ingredient. You can also wear long sleeves, pants and hats but that is not the most comfortable option during the hottest season of the year, which is when these pests are busiest.

Pesticides and insecticides whether applied professionally or not have been shown to help. The City of Ridgeland sprays insecticide designed to eliminate mosquitoes routinely during the summer months by driving spray trucks throughout the neighborhoods of Ridgeland. Each street is sprayed at least once per week. However, this spray is not a cure-all. It may not reach all corners of your property, especially in backyards, and if you have a mosquito infestation, there could be survivors.

We recommend that you do your best to prevent the breeding of mosquitoes by removing standing water, their required habitat.

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency shares the following tips for removing mosquito habitats:

  • Eliminate standing water in rain gutters, old tires, buckets, plastic covers, toys or any other container where mosquitoes can breed.
  • Empty and change the water in bird baths, fountains, wading pools, rain barrels and potted plant trays at least once a week to destroy mosquito habitats.
  • Drain or fill temporary pools of water with soil.
  • Keep swimming pool water treated and circulating.

The last thing you want is a mosquito in your home. Check for any gaps in walls, doors and windows and make sure all window and door screens are in good working order to prevent mosquitoes from entering.

We hope that these tips help you enjoy summer with fewer mosquitoes. If you have any questions about the City of Ridgeland’s mosquito spraying program, contact the Public Works Department at 601-853-2027.