Cell: (208) 914-4851
P.O Box 747
Payette, Id. 83661
Vector Disease Control International
Mosquito Control Specialists
VDCI’s Integrated Mosquito Management Programs are designed to reduce mosquito populations, prevent mosquito-borne diseases, and improve the quality of life for our customers. You are an important part of this program. By taking action to protect yourself and your family from being bitten, and by reducing mosquito breeding habitat in your area, you also greatly increase the effectiveness of the entire mosquito control program and reduce the likelihood of contracting West Nile virus or another mosquito-borne illness. Our residents should be aware that the next few weeks are the peak season for the mosquito species that carry West Nile virus. So, while it is not possible to eliminate mosquitoes completely, by following the guidelines below you can become an active part your community’s successful mosquito control program and reduce your risk of being bitten.
- Dispose of old tires, cans, buckets, bottles, plastic sheeting, or anything that may hold water.
- Clean debris from rain gutters to allow proper drainage.
- Fill in or drain low spots (puddles, ruts) in the yard.
- Keep drains, ditches, and culverts free of weeds and trash so water flows properly.
- Cover trash or recycling containers, or drill holes in them, to keep out rainwater.
- Check around outdoor faucets and air conditioners and repair leaks or puddles.
- Empty plastic wading pools, and change the water in birdbaths, plant pots or drip trays at least once per week.
- Make sure your backyard pool is properly cared for while away from home.
- Fill in tree holes and hollow stumps that hold water with sand or concrete.
- Keep grass cut short and shrubbery well trimmed around the house where adult mosquitoes may rest.
- Irrigate pastures, lawns and gardens carefully, and allow water to soak in before watering again. Irrigated pastures are a major source of mosquitoes in Idaho.
- Eliminate seepage from troughs, drinkers, cisterns, cesspools, and septic tanks.
- Make sure window and door screens are in good condition and fit tightly.
- Wear light colored clothing, long sleeve shirts and long pants for extra protection.
- Use repellents containing DEET, picaridin, or oil of lemon eucalyptus and always follow the instructions on the product, especially when applying them to children.
- Stay indoors during dawn and dusk when mosquitoes are most active.
If you have any mosquito related questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to call VDCI’s mosquito control experts at 208-642-6835.