The City of Eastland will be spraying for mosquitos on the evenings of June 12 and 13. Please cover or remove any food or water for outdoor pets, cover any fish ponds, etc.
Please remember the type of spray the City uses does not last for several days and must make direct contact with mosquitos to be effective and isn’t effective if sprayed used before or during rain.
To help control mosquitos in your yard and neighborhood, here are some helpful tips from Texas AgriLife Extension Service found at https://agrilifeextension.tamu.edu/browse/mosquito-control/home-yard/:
Mosquito Control at Home and in the Yard
All animals, including mosquitoes, need three things to survive – food, water and shelter. If we eliminate one of the three, mosquitoes cannot survive.
Keep Mosquitoes Out of Your Home and Yard:
- Repair window and door screens
- Eliminate mosquito shelters in your yard
- Mow grass and tall weeds
- Cut back shrubs and vines
- Treat in shaded areas with a professional pest control application or DIY spray treatment
- Remove tires and junk
Dump, Drain or Change Water:
- Dump or drain water to eliminate egg laying sites.
- Change water regularly in a dog dish, bird bath or plant pot to eliminate nutrients.
- Eliminate any place where water can collect and be retained for 7-10 days, especially when there is organic matter present, such as soil or leaves.
Additional Mosquito Breeding Sites Include:
- Buckets and containers
- Bird baths
- Flower pots
- Poorly draining gutters
- Sagging tarps
- Plastic pools
- Tree holes
- Cesspool or septic tank
- Untreated and non-functioning swimming pools
- Cisterns or rain barrels
- Low ditches or parts of the yard
- Stagnant ponds
When Water Can’t be Dumped or Drained:
- Use a larvicide for homeowners such as Mosquito DunksⓇ or the Mosquito TorpedoⓇ that are based on Bacillus thuringiensis israeliensis (Bti), a bacterium that produces proteins that are toxic for certain fly larvae.
- These products have little effect on the environment and lower impact than adulticides.
- They are also safe for non-target insects and mammals.
- They are usually effective for up to 30 days.
- The labels describe how these products should be used and how long each product lasts.
- Use a fogger for temporary relief from biting mosquitoes for a couple of hours or more.
- Direct toward shady areas and plants where mosquitoes rest and hide during the day.
- Thermal foggers use heat, usually from a propane flame, to create a thick white fog that can kill many resting mosquitoes.
- Aerosol foggers usually empty more quickly and are more costly than thermal foggers.
- Thermal foggers produce a highly visible smoke that can alarm neighbors.
- Both types of foggers may harm beneficial insects, such as bees, butterflies, and predator insects.
- Do not use them near plants where bees are active, and follow the label instructions carefully.
For more information please contact Eastland City Hall at 113 E Commerce St. or call us at 254-629-8321.