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Posted on: June 24, 2018

[ARCHIVED] Knowledge is Power: Fight the Bite!

This is a picture of a mosquito biting a human

Did you know that in York County, there are at least 36 identified species of mosquitoes?  Our Mosquito Control team routinely traps larvae, identifies the numerous breeds, and educates the public on the dangers of mosquitoes and the illnesses they carry.  Humans, dogs, and horses are all among populations that are affected by these pesky insects. 

All mosquitoes follow a four-stage lifecycle (egg, larva, pupa, adult).  Population control is easiest during the larval stage, when mosquito larvae can be killed using various larvacide, or consumed by common predators such as fish.  York County Mosquito Control recommends that all citizens take a preventative approach to population reduction since it is much easier and environmentally friendly. 

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, here are some of the best ways to protect yourself, your families, and your pets from the existing mosquito population:

  • Use EPA-registered insect repellents (use the EPA’s search tool to find the right repellent for you – EPA link)
  • Always follow repellent product label instructions, especially when applying to children), and reapply as directed
  • Protect your children by covering their arms and legs, or using mosquito netting on carriers and strollers
  • Wear long-sleeved shirts and long pants when possible
  • When camping or sleeping outdoors, use a mosquito bed net or screened room
  • Check inside and outside of your home for mosquito breeding environments (standing water)

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