St. Charles County ask residents to help battle mosquitoes

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ST. CHARLES, MO (KPLR) – The St. Charles County Community Health & the Environment Department is asking citizens to help in the fight against mosquitoes

Heavy rains on Tuesday have left plenty of standing water in parts of the county.  That water is where mosquitoes like to multiply.

“They will hatch their young in that standing water,” said Division Director Ryan Tilley.   “If it stands anywhere between five and seven days, that’s enough time for a mosquito to hatch out.”

Tilley hopes citizens will empty water cans, wading pools and other water containers.  Clogged gutters can be another trouble spot.  Citizens are asked to cover all standing receptacles and tilt wheelbarrows and machines with containers to prevent holding water.

Sylvia Dollins spent Wednesday afternoon at a park with her newborn grandchild.  She refuses to head out at dawn or dusk when mosquitoes are most active.

“I can be around and other people who aren’t getting bit and the mosquitoes just swarm at me for some reason,” said Dollins.

Tilley says based on phone calls from citizens, this year seems to have a slow start to the mosquito season.  He hopes with the help from citizens, it will stay that way.

He says wearing long sleeves and using repellent can help fight off mosquitoes.  The county does target trouble spots with spraying and dropping larvicide into pools of water.  Citizens can also contact the county with concerns.

St. Charles County Vector and Mosquito Control

Citizens can also call 636-949-1800.  Residents in O’Fallon, St. Charles and St. Peters can contact their respective city halls with any mosquito concerns.

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