Source Reduction is a method in Vector Control that permanently reduces mosquito populations while eliminating pesticide use. Since mosquitoes breed in standing water, Source Reduction can be as simple as homeowners emptying water from containers around the home. Mosquitoes, like any insects, need water as part of their life cycle to reproduce. For example, a pond with weeds growing around the edge is where eggs are laid by an adult female mosquito. If vegetation is removed from the perimeter of the pond, it clears the deposition of eggs and the mosquito life's cycle in this body of water. Eliminating such mosquito breeding areas is extremely effective in the approach to Source Reduction.
Mosquitoes capable of transmitting encephalitis viruses such as West Nile Virus are common in our area. Urban mosquito breeding in:
are common in any municipality. Almost any water holding structure is capable of breeding mosquitoes. Preventing mosquitoes from reaching adulthood can be accomplished by Source Reduction, which minimizes disease risk and nuisances created by these insects. Homeowner associations, public entities and residents can manage their water features and infrastructure through good water management.
For more information, call the Vector-Borne Diseases Program at 785-4599 for assistance, scheduling an onsite consultation for Source Reduction modifications, and maintenance advice.
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