Lockport Township implemented a mosquito control program many years ago. The township has a contract with “Clarke Environmental” to provide frequent scheduled applications of safe and effective mosquito control for the comfort and health of our residents. Last year’s outbreak of the west nile virus prompted our elected officials to authorize Clarke Environmental to provide additional applications as a precaution. We will again be proactive in controlling the mosquito population in Lockport Township.
To obtain information regarding the mosqito control application such as the dates of the applications or to report excess mosquito sitings please contact the Clarke Mosquito hotline toll free at (800)942-2555. To learn more about our Mosquito Control program please view the following video on youtube.
General Information About Mosquito
Almost everyone has had the unpleasant experience of being bitten by a mosquito. Mosquito bites can cause skin irritation through an allergic reaction to the mosquito's saliva this is what causes the red bump and itiching. More serious consequence of some mosquito bites may be transmission of certain serious diseases such as malaris, dengue fever and several of encephalitis including West Nile virus.
Not only can mosquitoes carry diseases that afflict humans, but they also can transmit several diseases and parasites that dogs and horses are very susceptible to. These include dog heart worms, eastern equine encephalities and West Nile virus.
There are about 200 different species of mosquito in the United States, all of which live in specific habitats, exhibit unique behaviors and bite different types of animals. Despite these differences, all mosquitoes share some common traits, such as a four-stage life cycle.
Different species of mosquitoes prefer different types of standing water in which to lay their eggs. The presence of beneficial predators such as as fish and dragonfly nymphs in permanent ponds, lakes and streams usually keep these bodies of water relatively free of mosquito larvae. However, portions of marshes, swamps, clogged ditches and temporary pools and puddles are all perfect mosquito breeding sites. Other places in which some species lay their egg include: tree holes, old tires, buckets, toys, potted plant trays and saucers, plastic covers or tarpaulins and places as small as bottle caps.
Remove Mosquito Habitats
An important part of mosquito control around your house is making sure that mosquitoes don't have a place to lay their eggs. Because mosquitoes need water for two stages of their life cycle, it's important to monitor standing water sources.
- Get rid of standing water in rain gutter, old tires, buckets, plastic covers, toys or any other container where mosquitoes can breed.
- Empty and change the water in bird baths, fountains, wading pools, rain barrels and potted plant trays at least once a week to eliminate potential mosquito habitats.
- Drain temporary pools of water or fill with dirt.
- Keep swimng pool water treated and circulating.