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Control Tips

 
Fight the Bite to Prevent the Spread Print Version

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

 
  • Environmental Times Newsletter
    Read the latest edition Spring 2016 for highlights on artificial reefs, climate change, LagoonFest and more. [LINK]
  • Pawpaw Preserve Natural Area
    The draft management plan is now available for public review. Public comments can be emailed to , or can be provided at the April 29, 2016 NAMAC Meeting. Click here for more information on the meeting time and place.[DRAFT PLAN]
  • Instagram Photo Contest: Hug a Tree for Earth Day
    Show off your love for trees and Mother Earth by snapping a picture of a tree-hugger in action during April to celebrate the value Palm Beach County's trees provide to us and the environment. See link for rules and entry information. [PDF]
  • Volunteer Accomplishments in 2015
    See what ERM's volunteers were up to in 2015. [PDF]
  • 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]
  • Snail Walk and Talk Sat. April 30th - Winding Waters Natural Area, West Palm Beach
    Join the Snail Lady of Palm Beach County for this hour-long kid-friendly walk and talk to learn the secrets these creepy crawly animals keep hidden under their shells. Registration required. [EVENT FLYER]
  • 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]