Heavy Rains in Bay County Lead to Standing Water and Mosquito Hatch
Contact: Rebecca J. Brandt or Mary McCarry, Bay County Mosquito Control, (989) 894-4555
Issued: June 23, 2017
Heavy rains totaling 7-12? fell across Bay County over the past week
causing ditches, fields, woodlots, and floodplains to flood and hatch
mosquito eggs on the ground. Bay County Mosquito Control crews have been working extended hours to
treat flooded larval habitats before the emergence of adult mosquitoes.
While many acres of habitat have been treated and many larvae
controlled, it will not be possible to treat all flooded habitats within
the limited 10-day window before mosquitoes emerge as adults. Over the next few weeks, Bay County Mosquito Control will be putting
forth an intensive nighttime fogging effort to ensure treatment
throughout the entire County, with adult mosquito populations expected
to spike by July 1.
Bay County Mosquito Control strongly recommends the use of insect
repellents when outdoors over the next few weeks. DEET-based repellents
remain the standard to which other repellents are compared; however, the
EPA also recommends repellents with the active ingredients picaridin
and oil of lemon-eucalyptus. Wearing light-colored, loose-fitting
clothing, or even long sleeves and pants when possible will also lessen
the chance of mosquito bites.
Homeowners can prevent mosquitoes from breeding in their own yard by
dumping collected rain water from buckets, bird baths, tarps, and
covering rain barrels with screens.