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Conservation / Mosquito Management

Practical steps to help manage mosquitos this season

This summer the Fishers Island Conservancy continues to coordinate efforts to control mosquitos through the Suffolk County Vector Control. All homeowners can do their part to eliminate mosquito breeding sources by making sure to:

  • Check your yard at least weekly for standing water in containers and DUMP THE WATER! Mosquitos need standing water to reproduce.
  • Dispose of old tarps, cans containers, buckets and similar water holding containers.
  • Discard old tires as tires are a major mosquito breeding source.
  • Drill water drainage holes in bottom of garbage pails.
  • Make sure roof gutters drain properly, check and clean gutters on a regular basis.
  • Change water in birdbaths weekly.
  • Clean vegetation and debris from the edges of backyard ponds, add fish and circulate the water.
  • Keep shrubs and grass trimmed so adult mosquitos will not rest in your yard.
  • Clean and chlorinate swimming pools and hot tubs.
  • Drain water from pool covers often.

Zika Virus Update

Some facts and resources to learn more

Zika needs tropical mosquitos, Asian Tiger or Yellow Fever mosquito – the only species we may see is the Asian Tiger which breeds in containers, so dump water is our main message. Zika also needs an infected host person to be in the area to pass on the virus to other mosquitos. It's human to human via mosquito bites. To most people the Zika virus is only a minor illness, with pregnant women the fetus is the concern.

For questions contact Suffolk County Vector Control at (632) 853-4270 or online at www.suffolkcountyny.gov under public works/vector control there is an online link to submit service requests.

Article provided by Geb Cook

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