April 28, 2010

News Release

For Immediate Release

Control Mosquitoes With Simple Steps

With rainy days and warm weather upon us, it is important to remember to take cautions to protect yourself and your pets from mosquitoes! Mosquitoes can carry disease and are a nuisance to outdoor activities. Simple steps can be followed to reduce the chances that mosquitoes will bother you this season.

Mosquitoes lay their eggs in still, stagnant water and can breed in as little as a teaspoon of water. Mosquito eggs can hatch in as short as three days. Adult mosquitoes live in tall grass, weeds and shrubs throughout the heat of the day.  Mosquitoes can be a threat as they are known to carry diseases such as West Nile virus and encephalitis. These are diseases that cause flu-like symptoms and are easily treatable, but can be fatal if left untreated.

There are some simple steps to take to reduce mosquito population and chances of being bitten:

For more information on controlling mosquitoes, please visit our website at www.springfieldmo.gov/health/mosquitos.html or call 417-864-1666 to file a complaint about mosquitoes or standing water.

For information on mosquito control please call Karen McKinnis at 417-864-1623.

For more information contact: Katie Towns-Jeter MPH, Public Information Administrator, 417-874-1205

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