Controlling mosquito populations and reducing the risk for West Nile virus must be done on several fronts—education and prevention are at the forefront of those efforts. As we head into mosquito season, it’s imperative that residents take steps to protect themselves and control mosquito populations at home.
While mosquito “season” typically runs from May through October, Oak Ridge North has already ramped up its efforts to monitor and control mosquitoes. The City kicked off the program on April.
The City’s primary measure in combating mosquitoes will be its larvicide program. It has proven to be a more effective method for treating mosquito-prone areas than spraying, without causing any harmful effects to people. This method is used to treat public areas like channels and parks. If you need larvicide briquettes (“donuts”) they are generally available at hardware and home improvement stores.
If requested, the City will treat a given location—especially vacant houses with a pool, pond, etc. - with the larvicide briquettes. To report a concern please call the City's Public Works Department at 281.292.4648.
The City has an annual contract with Excaliber Mosquito Control to perform several spraying applications throughout the mosquito season. The spraying will be conducted on 3 consecutive nights each month, as recommended by the Center for Disease Control and Prevention. Additional applications may be performed prior to holidays or scheduled events.