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Posted on: July 3, 2019

[ARCHIVED] Mosquito Dunks Offered to Madison County Residents


Starting July 8th, Madison County residents can stop by the Madison County Health Department between 8:30 a.m. and 4 p.m. to pick up a free water-soluble BONIDE® Mosquito Beater® WSPTM pouch (dunk). Using mosquito dunks around your home and yard may help control mosquito larvae in contained standing water and lower mosquito populations.

Mosquito dunks are distributed on a first-come, first-served basis, and while supplies last. The limit is one package per household. Consider calling ahead for availability at 315-366-2526.

“Mosquitos are definitely unwanted outdoor pests this time of year, and they can also spread viruses to people and some animals,” said Madison County’s Environmental Health Director Geoffrey Snyder. “Taking steps to control mosquito populations around the home and yard will help improve your outdoor enjoyment this summer.”

The mosquito dunks are designed for outdoor use in contained standing water where mosquitos breed. Residents receiving the packets must follow all label directions.

You can also take these steps to control mosquito populations by getting rid of standing water around the homes and property:

  • Throw out containers that hold and collect water in your yard
  • Remove used tires. Old tires act as great mosquito breeding sites
  • Drill holes in the bottoms of recycling containers that are kept outdoors
  • Make clean roof gutters so they drain well
  • Remove leaf debris from yards and gardens
  • Turn over wading pools and wheelbarrows when not in use
  • Change the water in birdbaths twice weekly
  • Clean vegetation and debris from edges of ponds.
  • Keep swimming pools, outdoor saunas and hot tubs clean and chlorinated
  • Drain water from pool covers.
  • Landscape to promote good drainage and eliminate standing water that collects on your property.

For more information, contact the Madison County Health Department at 315-366-2526.

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