Will Treat Catch Basins and Wetland Areas
(June 15, 2012) – The City of Hartford Department of Health and Human Services today announced that, as part of the mosquito management initiative, catch basins and wetland areas in the city will be treated with larvicide to control larval mosquitoes in aquatic habitats.
Larviciding is the most efficient and effective method of managing mosquitoes because larvae are concentrated in relatively small, well-defined, aquatic habitats. The larvicide is registered with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and Department of Environmental Protection. It is safe for the environment and does not pose any adverse threat when used in accordance with the label. In addition, adulticide barriers will be set up at certain park locations to control adult mosquito population.
This is the time of year for peak risk exposure to West Nile Virus (WNV) infected mosquitoes. It is important for residents to be aware of the risk of WNV infection and to recognize the importance of taking recommended personal protection precautions to avoid mosquito bites and of taking measures to reduce mosquito-breeding areas near their homes. The Department of Health and Human Services recommends that residents take the following personal protection precautions to avoid mosquito bites:
Precautions to avoid mosquito bites include:
Measures to reduce mosquitoes around your home include:
Resources for Additional Information:
Hartford Department of Health and Human Services: (860) 757-4730 or http://hhs.hartford.gov
CT Department of Public Health: (860) 509-7994 or http://www.dph.state.ct.us
Connecticut Agricultural Experiment Station: http://www.caes.state.ct.us
CT Department of Environmental Protection: http://dep.state.ct.us
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention: http://www.cdc.gov