Time to Overturn Containers Harboring Mosquitoes 06 Jul 17

Recent holiday outdoor activities may have reminded many of us that is it mosquito season in Northwest Minnesota.

Mosquito control officials say now is a good time to over-turn any buckets or containers that may be holding standing water on your property.

Mike McLean with the Metropolitan Mosquito Control District says disturbing where mosquitoes lay their eggs may not greatly reduce mosquito population, but may prevent people from becoming sick: “It may not help with the total number of mosquitoes, because they could be coming from any of the wetlands in your neighborhood but it will prevent the types of mosquitoes that can cause diseases and that’s a really important thing to look at right now.”

For mosquito bite prevention, McLean recommends using repellent containing DEET, up to 305. He says it’s a good idea to wear light colored, loose fitting clothing, and that it’s best to wear long-sleeved shirts and pants when possible.

The Thief River Falls Public Works Mosquito Count from City Forester Brian Benitt:

Today’s count from 3 city quadrants – 15. None the dangerous culex tarsalus variety known to carry West Nile Virus.

Even as the city keeps an eye on the count and control efforts, Brian encourages the use of protective repellent and avoiding outdoor activity at dawn and dusk, when mosquitoes are most common.

The city of Thief River Falls sprays for mosquito control with a nuisance count of 100 or more, or for Public Health reasons when the culex tarsalus count exceeds 10.