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Best mosquito control – No standing water

Article Published 05/27/2014

A must do: Get rid of all sources of standing water, or change standing water at least once a week.
That’s some of the best advice Gary Hatch, director of the Davis County Mosquito Abatement District, has for Layton residents to avoid mosquito bites and/or the serious West Nile Virus.
Mosquitoes can breed in standing water after 7-10 days, so stagnant water is critical to their existence. The Abatement District regularly sprays marshlands and other such areas, but doesn’t spray your yard’s bird bath, old tires or other things that water can accumulate in.
Clogged rain gutters or pipes may also be a standing water concern. Turn wheelbarrows, buckets or containers over when not in use to avoid water accumulation.
“If there’s a vacant house nearby, call us and we’ll come take a look,” Hatch said.
There may be an old swimming pool/spa there, or refuse where stagnant water accumulates.’
If you have a pond on your property, call the District, as Hatch said they offer fish that can eat mosquitoes in the water for control. Hatch said the District currently has such fish in 1,200 ponds in Davis County.
Even so, he said to be safe, all ponds need some circulation too.
Hatch said the District treats 15 species of mosquitoes in Davis County and only two of those can carry West Nike Virus. One of those two species comes off marshlands, while the other can breed in any size puddle or pool of standing water.
Both of these West Nile Mosquitoes also only bite from dusk to dawn and so summer darkness is where the potential risk for the disease lies.
Thus, mosquitoes aren’t just a nuisance, they are a major threat to health, thanks to West Nile.
He said applying mosquito repellant (must contain DEET) after dark in the summer is a wise precaution, as are wearing long sleeve shirts, long pants and shoes.
Hatch also advises homeowners to inspect all screens and make repairs as necessary. Also, minimize the time doors are open after dark, as mosquitoes will enter a home if they can and will bite residents – especially as they sleep.
Swimming pools,  if properly chlorinated and with circulating water, cannot play host to mosquito breeding. However, stagnant water can accumulate on the top of pool covers.
Hatch said the District has detected West Nile in Davis County for every year since 2005. Although no one has died from the disease in the County, several have been infected with West Nile and so precautions are wise.
More questions? “Call us,” Hatch stressed.
The Davis Mosquito Abatement District can be reached at 801-544-3736.
The District’s Web site is at: www.Davismosquito.org
-Tips to prevent mosquitoes:
• Remove all discarded tires from your property.
• Dispose of tin cans, plastic containers, ceramic pots, or similar water-collecting containers.
• Make sure roof gutters drain properly and remember to clean clogged gutters in the spring and fall.
• Clean and chlorinate swimming pools, outdoor saunas and hot tubs. If not in use, keep empty and covered.
• Drain water from pool covers.
• Change the water in bird baths, or dog water buckets  at least every 3 or 4 days.