Friday, September 01, 2006

Got Mosquitos? County Hires New Company

Call (800) 203-6485 To Report Mosquitos Company Says

LABELLE, Florida (September 1, 2006)  – The Hendry County Board of County Commissioners has awarded Clarke Mosquito Control a long-term contract to implement comprehensive surveillance and mosquito control services for Hendry County. Clarke plans to implement an integrated mosquito control program that will provide surveillance of the mosquito population, larval control, adult mosquito control utilizing aerial spraying and increased truck spraying.  Clarke will also provide public education on mosquito-borne disease prevention (such as West Nile Virus) and information on how Hendry County residents can help prevent mosquito breeding in their own yards.

After the abundant rains this week, mosquitos are making their presence known all around the county. “This agreement provides a cost savings to the County, and allows us to expand and improve our mosquito control services moving forward,” said Lester Baird, County Administrator.  Beginning today the public is encouraged to call Clarke’s Hendry County “Mosquito Hotline” at (800) 203-6485 to report heavy mosquito annoyance. 

In addition to the County’s mosquito control efforts, residents can take a number of steps to reduce mosquito populations around their homes this summer, including: Remove or empty water in old tires, tin cans, buckets, drums, bottles or other places where mosquitoes might breed. Empty plastic wading pools at least once a week and store indoors when not in use.  If unused, drain swimming pools and keep dry. Change water weekly in bird baths, plant saucers and trays.  Store boats covered or upside down. Water bowls used by pets should be emptied and refilled daily.  Fill holes around home that may retain water.  Keep gutters around home in good repair to avoid water build-up.  Keep weeds and grass cut short, as adult mosquitoes look for shady places to rest  during hot daylight hours.   Be sure screens in homes are intact and tight-fitting to prevent entry of insects.

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