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Residents asked to eliminate mosquito habitat

The Springfield/Greene county Health Department reminds residents of their role in keeping the mosquito population under control. Mike Smith has the story:

West Nile Virus aside, mosquitos and humans have never co-existed well together, and the Springfield/Greene County Department of Health wants to reinforce for area residents, the notion of personal responsibility when it come to eliminating habitat suitable for mosquitos to reproduce.

Clay Goddard is the Health Planner with the Department, he says the cycle that brings a mosquito to adulthood averages from 8 days to 2 weeks, and after a rain, homeowners, renters, land and business owners can help control the mosquito population simply by evaluation their property to look for places where mosquitos can thrive. Discarded tires make for efficient breeding sites, but Goddard says it's the less obvious habitats that are of equal concern'..clogged gutters, bird baths, dog bowls, old coffee cans left to rust in a corner of the yard. Water from the tap or a hose can also become a home for the pests if left in flower pots too long.

Goddard also suggests scrubbing the bottom of bird baths or dog bowls once a month or so, as mosquito eggs can become attached to algae that can form on those surfaces. That way, you can reduce even further the odds of having any of the 15 types of mosquitos present in the Ozarks buzzing around your neighborhood.

Goddard says only to a certain degree can the Health Department's efforts in eliminating mosquito habitat be effective. Success on this front, he says, depends on public awareness and participation.

For KSMU News, I'm Mike Smith.