Ada County Weed Pest and Mosquito Abatement
Mosquito Abatement Services
The Ada County Mosquito Abatement District (ACMAD) has a complete and integrated pest management plan to mitigate the impact of West Nile Virus in Ada County. ACMAD has evaluated other Mosquito Abatement programs, and has modeled their management plan after other successful abatements that have environments similar to Ada County. The ACMAD has a strong focus on education, ecologically sensitive control agents, and breeding site remediation (removal of mosquito breeding areas).
Treating West Nile as a dangerous threat is VERY important for all Ada County residents. Here are suggestions to Fight the Bite and protect against the West Nile virus.
- USE AN EPA-REGISTERED INSECT REPELLANT. Spray yourself and your clothing, too. Mosquitoes can bite through thin fabrics. If you prefer organic prevention, use Oil of Lemon Eucalyptus – the only plant-based insect repellent recommended by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
- COVER UP and wear long-sleeved shirts and pants when outside especially between dusk and dawn when mosquitoes are most active.
- DRAIN STANDING WATER. Mosquitoes breed in standing water so remove potential breeding sites from your property. Empty water from tires, watering cans, buckets, flowerpots, etc from around your property.
- CLEAN OR DRAIN birdbaths, decorative ponds and animal water troughs weekly. You can purchase small, inexpensive biological mosquito control “dunks” if you cannot clean your pond or animal water trough frequently.
- AVOID OVERWATERING your landscape or lawn
The Ada County Mosquito Abatement District has developed an integrated response plan to protect residents against the dangers of West Nile. Click on the links below to learn more about the Mosquito Abatement District, its surveillance and mosquito control efforts and more steps to keep you and your families safe from the West Nile virus.
(* The photo used in the Online Mosquito Tracker is courtesy of Colin Devroe)