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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 email mosquito@upmd.org or call Town Hall.

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.

    Breeding
    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

    Public Works Director Mickey Beall
    6724 Baltimore Avenue
    University Park, MD 20782

    Office: (301) 927-4262 ext. 200
    Email: mbeall@upmd.org