Mosquito season is from April through October. Standing water can attract mosquitoes, including those that carry West Nile Virus, Zika Virus, Dengue Fever, and Chikungunya. In residential areas, standing water can accumulate in unused tires, cans, clogged gutters, unused pools and pool covers and other receptacles that collect water. Mosquitoes can enter homes through unscreened windows or doors, or broken screens.
Each mosquito season, the city implements the mosquito control plan to reduce mosquito populations. Through this plan, the Health Department:
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To reduce your exposure to mosquitoes, you can:
Most female mosquitoes feed on humans, birds and other animals to get sufficient blood to develop eggs. Male mosquitoes feed on nectar and plant juices only.
No, while there are many different species of mosquitoes, only certain species can transmit disease and only a small proportion of these actually carry the disease. Diseases spread by infected mosquitoes include West Nile Virus, Zika Virus, Dengue Fever, and Chikungunya.
There are many things that attract mosquitoes: colognes, perfumes and scented body lotions can attract mosquitoes. Dark-colored clothing is also more attractive to mosquitoes. During evenings, nighttime and dawn, mosquitoes are most active in searching for blood meals, so people outdoors during that time are more likely to be bitten.
Mosquitoes lays their eggs in standing or slow-moving water. Weeds, tall grass, and bushes provide an outdoor home for adult mosquitoes. Learn how to remove standing water that collects on your property.For more commonly asked questions about mosquitoes, go to Mosquito FAQs.