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Public Work's Programs

The Public Works department oversees three programs - Shade Tree Reimbursement Program, Compost Program and Mosquito Repression Program. Scroll down the page to learn more about each program.

Shade Tree Reimbursement Program

The Town may offer reimbursement of up to three hundred dollars ($300) toward the purchase price of any tree listed in the official Town shade tree list that is planted on private property, not to exceed a total of nine hundred dollars ($900) in a five (5) year period to any individual household or property, upon such terms and conditions as the Town deems reasonable. Any reimbursements are subject to appropriation and available funding. Approved reimbursement will be made available after successful planting of said tree(s). (Excerpt from Town Code, Section 16-104: Tree Replacement)(Revised and effective October 10, 2004)

Approved Shade Tree List

Shade Tree Reimbursement Request Form

The Maryland Department of Natural Resources also offers $25 coupons to Maryland residents who plant trees listed on the state's recommended tree list and purchase them from participating nurseries. For program details, including the list of participating nurseries and how to print a coupon follow this link,

Compost Program

In the Fall of 2011, University Park launched its organics compost pilot with 50 volunteers using resources from the STEP UP Program and an outsourced vendor. The program is now serviced by the Public Works Department and has been expanded to include 200 homes.

Food scraps are collected at the curb every Tuesday. All supplies are provided by the Town.

If you are interested in participating in the volunteer program please forward your contact information to

Compost Program Guide

Mosquito Repression Program

Welcome to University Park's Mosquito Repression Program. For more information about the program or to schedule a FREE yard inspection from the Town, please call 301-852-1889 or email us at

Read below to learn more about the Asian Tiger Mosquito, their breeding habits, and what you can do to keep mosquitoes out of your yard.

Asian Tiger Mosquito
  • Most common mosquito in UP.
  • Small, dark mosquito with stripes and banded legs.
  • Bites mainly during the daytime.
  • Short flight range of about 300 feet, so if there are Tiger mosquitoes in your backyard, they must have originated there or just nearby.

    Tiger Mosquitoes can spread West Nile, dengue, chikungunya, and Zika viruses in humans, as well as diseases in pets and other animals.

    The Northern House Mosquito
  • Second most common mosquito in UP.
  • Small, mostly plain light brown in color, with no distinctive leg markings.
  • Usually bites at night time (7 pm to 6 am); sometimes enters homes in the fall in search of a sheltered place to overwinter.

    This mosquito is the main vector of West Nile virus in this part of the US. Five people died of West Nile Virus in Maryland in 2015.

    Mosquitoes lay their eggs in standing water. The larvae must live in water for a week before they can become a full-fledged adult. The best way to eliminate mosquitoes is to remove any areas of standing water where they can breed.

    Examples of breeding areas:
  • Uncleaned gutters and drainpipes
  • Puddles in bins, lids, or containers
  • Yard equipment, such as wheelbarrows, buckets,
    inflatable pools and kid toys
  • Birdbaths and ornamental ponds
  • Plant pots and saucers
  • Outdoor ornaments and decorations

    What can you do?
    Prevent mosquitoes breeding:
  • Check your yard once a week to tip or remove these water-holding containers.
  • Talk to your neighbors about breeding areas that may be in their yards.
  • Work with the community to educate the whole town about the issue. Organize group clean-ups.
  • Check and clean roof gutters, especially in April and May before the mosquito season starts.
  • Keep drains and culverts free of grass clippings, weeds and trash so water will drain properly.
  • Always close the lids of your garbage cans.
  • Always turn over your wheelbarrows, buckets, toys, etc.
  • If you have an ornamental pond, use a circulation pump to aerate it, and stock the pond with fish and BTI dunks.

    Avoid bites:
  • Wear long-sleeve shirts, long pants, socks and shoes when mosquitos are more active.
  • Try to use light colored clothing, as mosquitoes are more attracted to people in dark clothing.
  • Apply repellent such as picaridin, DEET, or oil of lemon eucalyptus to exposed skin and/or clothing.
  • Use mosquito netting over infant carriers and strollers.
  • Install or repair window and door screens to keep out mosquitoes.

    More information
    Click here to learn more about the Asian Tiger Mosquito.

    Click here to learn more about mosquito breeding areas.

    Click here to learn how to keep mosquitoes from breeding in your yard.

    Click here to read a presentation about Mosquitoes on their biology and ecology by Dr. Jeannine Dorothy from the University of Maryland.

    Click here to read the 2015 report on the University Park Mosquito Control Program.
  • Contact Us

    6724 Baltimore Avenue
    University Park 20782

    Michael Beall, Director
    Ph: 301-927-4262 ext. 200

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