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Control Tips

 
Rid the wigglers - lose the larvae
Practice good "mosquito hygiene" around your home.

  • Remove standing water in old tires, buckets, drums, or any other containers.

  • Check clogged gutters and flat roofs that may have poor drainage.

  • Cover barrels and trash containers tightly with a lid or with 16-mesh screen.

  • Empty plastic wading pools at least once a week. Store them indoors when not in use.

  • Store boats covered or upside down.

  • Level the ground around your home so water can run off. (Check with your local ordinances before changing the face of your property in any way).

  • Fill in holes or depressions near your home that collect water.

  • Treat standing water with products containing the bacteria Bacillus thuringiensis, var. israelensis.

  • Fill in tree holes and hollow stumps that hold water.

  • Stock your ornamental water garden with mosquito-eating fish (e.g. minnows, Gambusia spp., goldfish, or guppies).

  • Repair screening on windows, doors, porches, and patios.

"Zappers"
Some mosquito control methods do not do a very good job. For example, bug zappers do not work well to control biting mosquitos since they do not emit carbon dioxide. Various birds and bats will eat mosquitos, but there is little evidence that this cuts down on the number of mosquitos around homes. Electronic mosquito repelling devices don't stop mosquitos biting people either.

 

Current Highlights and Upcoming Events

 
  • Mosquito Control Update - Zika Virus
    While ERM's Mosquito Control Division is hard at work taking proactive steps to reducing mosquito popluations learn how you can protect yourself and reduce your exposure to mosquitoe-borne diseases. [PDF]
  • Running Wild - Cypress Creek Natural Area, Sat. February 6th
    Series of guided 3 to 10 mile trail runs through pine, cypress and coastal scrub habitats on some of the most scenic trails in Palm Beach County. [SCHEDULE]
  • Dark Sky Festival - Okeeheelee Nature Center, Sat. February 27th
    This free, fun-filled family event has many exciting and educational opportunities to experience and learn about the night sky. [LINK]
  • Site Closure - Sweetbay Natural Area, Palm Beach Gardens
    The natural area will not be accessible from Aviation Rd from Feb. 23, 2016 through Feb. 27, 2016 while work is done on the railroad crossing adjacent to the Beeline Highway.
  • Environmental Times Newsletter
    Read the latest edition for highlights on artificial reefs, climate change, LagoonFest and more. [LINK]
  • Adventure Awaits Events
    Series of guided adventures (including hiking, cycling, paddling, photography, and more) designed to introduce participants to the hidden eco-treasures in Palm Beach County's natural areas. [SCHEDULE]
  • Scavenger Hunts
    Are available at several natural areas for youngsters to complete to recieve their Natural Area Youth Explorer certificate. [PDF]
  • ERM's Status Reports
    Stay up to date on our projects with these monthly publications. [LINK]