Clarksville’s annual mosquito control efforts begin


City of Clarksville, contributed

April 5, 2021, 3:29 p.m.

CLARKSVILLE, TN (CLARKSVILLE NOW) – The annual mosquito battle in Clarksville has begun.

Mosquitoes can interfere with your outdoor work and your leisure time at Clarksville’s many outdoor venues. Seriously, some mosquitoes can spread disease to humans, animals, and pets.

To combat these seasonal pests, the city of Clarksville has signed a contract with a company to provide an annual mosquito control program that will help bite the biting insects across the city, but especially in public areas such as parks, ball pitches, and near schools. should be reduced.

McGee Pest Control, which serves Middle Tennessee and Southern Kentucky, has been providing mosquito control for the city of Clarksville since 2000. McGee’s contract with the city specifies the timeframe of the control program – April 1 to September 30 of each year – and the scope of services. These include:

  • Place larvicide in stagnant water to prevent mosquitoes from developing.
  • Spraying insecticides to kill adult mosquitoes. This process is known as “street fogging”.

The city’s contract with McGee focuses on public areas and mosquito control or reduction across the city. It is not designed to provide specialized services for individual private properties.

McGee technicians are state certified and the company uses chemicals that are EPA approved and safe for humans or pets.

The company’s Street Fogging program divides the city into service areas, and each area is fogged weekly. Fogging usually takes place at dusk and the company’s trucks have logos and emergency lights.

If city residents have questions about the mosquito control program, they should call McGee Pest Control at 1-800-420-2847.

Residents are also encouraged to participate in control efforts and avoid bites by taking the following steps:

  • Try to eliminate potential breeding habitats for mosquitoes – e.g. B. removing stagnant water in the household.
  • Make sure window grilles and screen doors are in good condition.
  • Wear long-sleeved shirts and pants during main mosquito activity outdoors.
  • Use mosquito repellent if necessary and always follow the directions on the label.

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