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Posted on: April 30, 2020

[ARCHIVED] Looking to reduce mosquitoes in your yard?

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This spring, be on the lookout for standing water that can serve as mosquito breeding sites. Common areas in your yard where water may pool include old tires, bird baths, tarps, containers, and clogged rain gutters.

Mosquitos lay their eggs in or on the edge of standing water, and after hatching, need at least 7 days to transition from larvae to adults. The Metropolitan Mosquito Control District (MMCD)  is the regional agency tasked with controlling the mosquito population. In 2019, the MMCD inspected 494 sites in Fridley, treated 211.15 acres for larval mosquitos and 3.51 acres for adult mosquitos. To see when MMCD was last in your area or to find out about upcoming treatments, request service, or learn more, visit MMCD.Org. 

Frequently asked questions: 

What conditions lead to more mosquitos?

A lot of rain in a short period of time, plus warm weather usually lead to more mosquitos. Some mosquitos lay their eggs in the fall and they hatch during the spring thaw.

How does the MMCD treat for mosquitos?

Most of the MMCD’s work is treating for mosquito larvae using Bti (a natural soil bacteria applied to corn granules that disrupts the digestion of mosquitos and biting gnats)  and methoprene (an insect growth regulator that inhibits mosquito growth). Larvae control is often applied by helicopter. The MMCD also performs a limited amount of adult control using approved insecticides. Adult control is applied by a trained, professional applicator using a backpack.

What can I do to reduce mosquitos?

The best way to reduce mosquitos is to get rid of their breeding habitats; the MMCD has found mosquito larva in sources as small as a bottle cap. Avoid going out when mosquitos are most active, including dusk and early morning. Wear loose, light-colored clothing.

How do I get rid of old tires?

MMCD offers free disposal of off-rim tires as funding allows. Call MMCD at 651-645-9149 or visit them or to learn more. The City of Fridley also accepts tires at our recycling drop-offs.

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