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How to prevent mosquito breeding on your property

The City of Ridgeland sprays for mosquitoes regularly throughout the mosquito-breeding season.  This helps to manage the size of the mosquito population in our area. It does not completely eliminate mosquitoes nor prevent the spread of mosquito-borne diseases including West Nile virus, St. Louis encephalitis, LaCrosse encephalitis and Eastern Equine encephalitis.

To protect yourself from mosquito bites, avoid mosquitoes especially during the evenings and early mornings, which are peak mosquito biting times. You may choose to apply a topical mosquito repellent. Wear long-sleeved, long-legged clothing with socks and shoes when practical.

Property owners need to do their part to prevent the breeding of mosquitoes on their property.  In order to protect you, your family and other residents from mosquito bites around your home, you can do the following as suggested by the Mississippi Department of Health:

– Dispose of cans, containers, ceramic pots, old tires or other water-holding containers.

– Remove all leaf debris.

– Cover trash containers to keep out rainwater.

– Drill holes in the bottoms of all recycling containers that are kept outdoors.

– Make sure roof gutters drain properly, and clean clogged gutters in the spring and fall.

– Turn over plastic wading pools and wheelbarrows when not in use.

– Change the water in birdbaths every 2 to 3 days.

– Clean and chlorinate swimming pools, outdoor saunas and hot tubs.

– Drain water from pool covers.

– Use landscaping to eliminate standing water that collects on your property.

– Repair leaky water pipes and outside faucets.

Thank you for helping to minimize the impact of mosquitoes on our community. If you have any questions, please contact the Public Works Department at 601-853-2027.