The Health Department's Mosquito Management Program helps Norwalkers avoid mosquitoes this summer through public education to teach community members how to avoid mosquitoes, source reduction to control the mosquito population, and collaboration with state officials to monitor mosquitoes and the illnesses they carry.
The Health Department launched its annual larvicide application program in mid-July to reduce the mosquito population and prevent mosquito-borne diseases. Workers from All Habitat Inc. applied larvicide to various standing water locations around the city, which prevents mosquito eggs from hatching.
The larvicide application is just one part of the Health Department’s mosquito management program. Another very important aspect is helping residents understand how to protect themselves from mosquito bites. To avoid getting bitten:
- Apply mosquito repellent before going outdoors.
- Drain stagnant water in old tires, birdbaths, wading pools, garbage can lids, and cans in recycle bins.
- Keep gutters and leaders free of debris.
- Install or repair window and door screens to keep mosquitoes out of your home.
- Do not leave swimming pools uncovered without chlorinating and filtering.