Jun 13, 2022

Saline County offers residents low-cost mosquito tablets

Posted Jun 13, 2022 9:35 PM
Image courtesy Saline County
Image courtesy Saline County

Saline County

They're baaaack!

While recent rainfall has offered Saline County some much-needed moisture, it has also brought with it some unwelcome new residents- mosquitos!

At best mosquito bites cause skin irritation in the form of red bumps and itching, but more serious consequences of some mosquito bites may include transmission of malaria, dengue virus, Zika and West Nile virus. These serious diseases and viruses can be disabling and potentially deadly.

Not only can mosquitoes carry diseases that afflict humans, your furry friends - dogs and horses in particular - can also be seriously harmed by diseases and parasites spread by mosquitoes.

In an effort to help decrease and manage the mosquito population, Saline County offers low-cost Altosid briquets (more commonly known as "mosquito tablets" or "mosquito dunks") to treat your standing water.

Altosid briquets are available at the City-County Building in room 209. The office is open from 8 a.m. to noon, and 1 p.m. to 5 p.m.

Small Briquets treat up to 75 gallons of water for up to 30 days without rain and are available for $2 each.

Large Briquets treat up to 150 gallons of water for up to 150 days (regardless of rain) and are available for $4 each.  

You can help control the mosquito population

Remove mosquito habitats

‚óŹMake Wednesday DUMP DAY and remove standing water in rain gutters, old tires, buckets, plastic covers, toys, etc.

‚óŹEmpty and change water in rain bird baths, fountains, wading pools, pet bowls, etc.

‚óŹDrain or fill temporary pools of water with dirt.

‚óŹKeep swimming pool water treated and circulated.

Use appropriate pesticides

‚óŹStop by the City-County Building Room 209 and get low-cost Altosid briquets to treat your standing water.

‚óŹControl mosquito larvae using the appropriate methods for the habitat.

‚óŹControl adult mosquitoes using insecticides.

Use structural barriers

‚óŹCover gaps in walls, doors, and windows to prevent mosquitoes from entering.

‚óŹMake sure windows and screens are in good working order.

‚óŹCompletely cover baby carriers and beds with netting - when is necessary and you can do so safely.

Avoid getting bitten

‚óŹKeep mosquitoes away from exposed skin by wearing long-sleeved shirts, long pants, and socks. (We know. We know. It's HOT!)

‚óŹTuck shirts into pants and pants into socks to cover gaps in your clothing where mosquitoes can get to your skin.

‚óŹStay indoors when possible, especially if there is a mosquito-borne disease warning in effect.

‚óŹUse EPA-registered mosquito repellents when necessary and follow label directions and precautions closely.

‚óŹUse head nets, long sleeves and long pants if you venture into areas with high mosquito populations.

‚óŹReplace your outdoor lights with yellow "bug" lights, which tend to attract fewer mosquitoes than ordinary lights. The yellow lights are NOT repellents.