WHAT’S THE BUZZ?

THE ISSUE: Workers battle mosquito menace.

OUR OPINION: Help do your part to control breeding.

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With Florida still in the midst of the rainy season, standing water brings about a nuisance everyone can relate to: mosquitos.

But it’s more than a nuisance, they also bring potential health risks and the Citrus County Mosquito Control District’s main goal reducing the number of mosquitoes that can pass on disease. 

The district’s battle plan now includes biological, chemical, surveillance, source reduction and public education. The district’s helicopter, which is used to cover large swaths of land that are not accessible or feasible by truck, is down for maintenance until November.

The district deserves credit for being pro-active in its battle; officials have shown a willingness to keep pace with technology.

But we, too, can play a role in helping the district out.

With the helicopter down, the district could use the public’s help by residents taking care of their own backyards by simply emptying containers with standing water. It’s important to know that mosquitoes reproduce in standing water, according to the AARP. Get rid of any water accumulating in puddles, on tarps or in buckets outside to eliminate the perfect breeding ground for these buzzing nuisances. 

It does not mean you have to empty your birdbath. Instead, add inexpensive mosquito control “donuts” to stop mosquito larva from maturing while allowing you to enjoy the birds in your backyard. (Bonus: Many birds eat mosquitoes.)

AARP also noted that cedar mulch and many plants — geranium, lemon balm, mint, to name a few — act as natural mosquito deterrents. While late in the season, it would be good to make note of this when spring rolls around and it’s time to prep your yard for the summer months.

In addition to using these in your landscape, keeping your grass trimmed and your yard neat and tidy is also a good idea.

This is a case where a little help can go a long way.