Flooding and Zika
As the water creeps up in some areas of Butler County, residents need to be pro-active when it comes to mosquito control. Families returning to their flooded homes should exercise caution before and during the cleanup process; especially when it comes to mosquito prevention.
A mosquito`s lifecycle has four stages: egg, larva, pupa and adult. All mosquitoes need water to breed and spend their larval and pupal stages in water. This is why it is important to prevent water from accumulating around your home and to empty and clean water containers in and around your home weekly.
Flood-water mosquitoes lay eggs above the waterline in ditches, ponds, tanks and other places where water collects. The eggs can remain in dry conditions for several months. After floods or heavy rains when the water level rises, the eggs hatch and in a few days produce swarms of aggressive and hungry mosquitoes. Another wave of mosquitoes occurs later, typically 10 to 14 days after the rains stop.
The following actions should be considered to reduce the risk of mosquitoes and mosquito bites in areas where flood clean-up is occurring:
- Remove flood-water debris on and around your property.
- Empty or drain potted plant bases, tires, buckets or containers, and roof gutters.
- Drain any pooled rainwater or floodwater that may have collected in containers around your property.
- Be sure to wear insect repellent.
- Wear long sleeves and pants while conducting flood clean up.
- Dispose of potential mosquito breeding sites by emptying stagnant pools of water around your house and yard, if possible