Tips to rid the Cape of mosquito breeding sites

  1. Clean rain gutters to allow water to flow freely.
  2. Remove old tires or drill drainage holes in tires used for playground equipment.
  3. Store plastic wading pools inside or turn them upside down when not in use.
  4. Turn over or remove clay pots and plastic containers.
  5. Dispose of all empty beverage containers, plastic wrappers, discarded toys, etc.
  6. Check for trapped water in plastic or canvas tarps used to cover boats, pools, etc. Arrange the tarp to drain the water.
  7. Pump out bilges in boats. Turn canoes and small boats upside down for storage.
  8. Replace water in bird baths at least twice a week.
  9. Remove pet food and water dishes that are not being used.
  10. Flush livestock water troughs twice a week.unnamed (1)
  11. Don’t leave garbage can lids lying upside down. Be sure water does not collect in the bottom of garbage cans.
  12. Flush water in the bottom of plant holders twice a week.
  13. Fix dripping outside water faucets.
  14. Turn wheelbarrows upside down when stored outside.
  15. Check around construction sites or do-it-yourself improvements to ensure that proper backfilling and grading prevent drainage problems.
  16. Check ornamental ponds, tree holes and water-holding low areas for mosquito larvae. Call the nearest Mosquito Control Office (see below) if you find, or suspect, mosquito larvae are present.
  17. If ditches do not flow and contain stagnant water for one week or longer, they can produce large numbers of mosquitoes. Report such conditions to a Mosquito Control Office. Do not attempt to clear these ditches because they may be protected by wetland regulations.

Taken from the MDA website.

Mosquito Program Overview

unnamedAs a community, Cape St. Claire has been participating in the MDA’s mosquito control program since the late 1950’s. From the Board of Governor’s meeting minutes from April 1958:

Mosquito Control: Mr. O’Day moved that the Cape St. Claire Club participate in the Anne Arundel County mosquito control program for the 1958 season. The motion was duly seconded and passed.”

The primary goal of the Mosquito program is to prevent the occurrence of mosquito-borne disease in humans, pets and livestock. The program relies on surveys and monitoring of the larval and adult mosquito populations to coordinate control activities. Control techniques include breeding source reduction, public education, biological control and insecticide applications from aircraft or ground equipment.

Part of the public education is a great MDA website which highlights the program but also will be this page which will provide a great resource for those interested.

For 2016, The Cape’s spraying schedule will take place on Wednesday night’s between 7pm and 2:30am. This activity will begin on June 1st and go through September and maybe into October.

2016 Mosquito Exemptions

The orange circles represent those Capers who will not receive spraying due to exemption requests.