Mosquito Control

Tom Putt, Director

810 Livingston Avenue
Bay City, Michigan 48708-6380
Voice: (989) 894-4555
Fax: (989) 894-0526
TDD/TTL: (989) 895-4049
puttt@baycounty.net

Frequently Asked Questions About Mosquitoes 1

  • Why are mosquito populations higher some years compared to others?
    Mosquito populations fluctuate depending mostly on rainfall.  Frequent rainstorms create more standing water and therefore, more mosquitoes.
  • How much will it cost to call Bay County Mosquito Control for service?
    If you have a mosquito problem, please call the office.  There is no fee for service.  Bay County residents, however, pay taxes that provide the funds (.45 mills) for program operation.
  • How many species of mosquitoes are in the world and in Michigan?
    There are about 3,000 species of mosquitoes worldwide and about 60 species in Michigan.
  • How long to mosquitoes live?
    Depending on the species, mosquitoes can live several weeks to a month or more.  Females live longer than males.
  • How much blood does a female mosquito drink per serving?
    About 5 millionths of a quart (for anAedes aegypti)
  • Why do we itch after a mosquito bites?
    The itching we feel from a mosquito bite is our body's reaction to the anticoagulant injected with the female mosquito's saliva as she takes blood.
  • What attracts a female mosquito to a human?
    Carbon dioxide (CO2), our breath, is a proven attractant.  Warm bodies, dark-colored clothing, and scents like perfume and
    deodorant also attract female mosquitoes.
  • What is the most effective protection against biting insects?
    The most effective treatment is a repellent containing DEET, but there are other repellents available.
  • Are mosquitoes active in inclement weather?
    Mosquitoes are not active on windy or cool days.  Fogging to control adult mosquitoes, therefore, only occurs when weather conditions are right.
  • What do male mosquitoes do?
    Male mosquitoes fertilize the females.They also feed on nectar and can therefore be pollinators.  Male mosquitoes, which usually emerge shortly before females, form a mating swarm when females emerge.  Females mate only once and store sperm that will later fertilize the eggs she lays.
  • How does the Bay County Mosquito Control program control larval and adult mosquitoes?
    Products are used to treat water in ponds, storm drains, ditches, etc., where mosquito larvae are found or may develop later. Ultra Low Volume (ULV) sprays are used at critical times and locations to help control adult mosquitoes.
  • Why are mosquitoes controlled in the larval stage?
    The most effective and economical way to control mosquitoes is to prevent them from emerging as biting adults.
  • Where do mosquitoes living in cities and towns come from?
    Many are produced in water-filled containers like old tires, improperly maintained swimming pools, and street catch basins, where mosquito eggs are laid.
  • What can homeowners do around their own backyards to reduce mosquitoes?
    Homeowners can eliminate mosquito breeding sites on their property by periodically emptying water from containers such as bird baths, buckets, tires, gutters, etc.

 

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