What can I do as a resident to help control mosquitoes in my community?

The best way to cut down on mosquitoes is through water management. If you have any standing water on your property, you can limit habitat and breeding areas by filling in low spots that hold water or by observing proper drainage management. Common breeding areas in many yards are buckets, unused tires, gutters, bird baths, trash piles or other objects that can hold water for a week or longer. Additionally, if you have a lake or pond on your property, a common tool to limit mosquito growth is the use of a fountain or water agitator.

Reducing the mosquito population is a team effort. If you notice potential larvae habitat or have other mosquito-related concerns, please call our office at 636-949-1800 or complete our online form to alert us to potential problems. A common question that you may be asked after this complaint is "Are the mosquitoes biting?" While this may seem to be a strange question, by asking it our staff can best determine which treatment to apply and when. Only female mosquitoes bite, and it may take up to two extra days for females to emerge versus male mosquitoes.

To protect yourself while outside, please apply a mosquito repellent containing DEET, picaridin, IR 3535 or oil of lemon eucalyptus.

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1. What is the primary goal of the mosquito control program?
2. What method does St. Charles County use to treat mosquitoes?
3. How is PERM-X UL 4-4 used in mosquito control?
4. What are Bti and Bsp, and how is it used in mosquito control?
5. Does PERM-X UL 4-4 pose a risk to human health?
6. What can I do as a resident to help control mosquitoes in my community?