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Robert Barnes

Anyone living on the Grand Prairie knows that mosquitoes are a fact of life.  They are not only a nuisance, but are carriers of disease as well.  In response to this problem, the City of Carlisle has for many years practiced an aggressive program of mosquito control.  With the appearance of the West Nile virus, mosquito control became an even greater priority.

The Mosquito Control Department utilizes the most current technologies, employing a regimen of both truck-based and aerial sprayings, as well as the spraying of ditches and areas of standing water with larvacides.  The majority of these activities take place during the late spring and summer months when mosquitoes are at their worst.

While the methods employed by the city are generally effective in controlling the mosquito population, residents can do their part to help.  The major factor in the control of mosquitoes is to eliminate all sources of standing water, no matter how small they may be.  This is commonly referred to as Source Reduction.  A soft drink can lying in a ditch and containing a small amount of water can provide the ideal site for a female mosquito to lay her eggs and produce thousands of offspring.  Bird baths, flower pots, buckets, wheelbarrows, clogged rain gutters, old tires, plastic sheeting, tarps and boat covers, or any other item or material allowed to accumulate water can become a prime breeding location.  By keeping outdoor areas clean and free of rubbish, and by frequently changing the water in bird baths, wading pools, and pets' water bowls, residents can assist a great deal in reducing mosquito populations.





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