The Village of Machesney Park contracts with Clarke Mosquito to monitor and treat the Village for mosquito control. Clarke Mosquito monitors the Village all season long and determines the optimal time to spray the Village and treat catch basins to better control the mosquito population. Contracted treatments can only control the mosquito population to a certain level. Residents are urged to take steps on their own to help control areas where mosquito populations might breed.
Below is a list of common areas around the yard that should be checked and addressed to help eliminate potential breeding sites:
- Get rid of old tires, tin cans, buckets, drums, bottles or any water holding containers
- Fill in or drain any low places (puddles, ruts) in yard
- Clean gutters periodically
- Keep drains, ditches and culverts clean of weeds and trash so water will drain properly
- Cover trash containers to keep out rain water
- Repair leaky pipes and outside faucets
- Empty plastic wading pools at least once a week and store them indoors when not in use
- Make sure backyard pool is properly cared for
- Fill in tree rot holes and hollow stumps that hold water with sand or concrete
- Change the water in bird baths and plant pots or drip trays at least once a week
- Keep grass cut short and shrubbery well-trimmed around the house so adult mosquitos will not hide there
Should any questions arise about the treatment or control of mosquitoes, residents may contact Clarke Mosquito at 1-800-942-2555 or visit their website at WWW.CLARKE.COM. The Village’s Public Works Department is responsible for working with Clarke Mosquito; as such, you may also direct questions regarding mosquito control to Mitch Hilden, Superintendent of Public Works.