The City of Jefferson will address nuisance and disease vector mosquitoes to protect public health, through the measures outlined in the following plan.  This plan was formulated to promote mosquito control, and follows an integrated pest management approach, as recommended by the United States Center for Disease Control.  Similiar policies and protocols were adopted by Cole County Health Department in 2016.  The emergence of a new mosquito disease (Zika Virus) entering the United States precipitated development of this plan, similar to the situation precipitated in 1999 when the West Nile virus was detected.

Jefferson City Mosquito Control Plan

Check this link provided by the Center for Disease Control regarding West Nile Virus and Zika Virus.

Mosquitoes can develop in any standing water that is present for more than five days. To reduce the mosquito population around your home and property, eliminate all standing water and debris. 

Here are some spots where water can collect or where poor maintenance can cause problems.
  • Boat & pool covers that collect water, neglected swimming pool, hot tub, or child's wading pool.
  • Junk and discarded tires (drill drain holes in bottom of tire swings)
  • Trash cans.
  • Leaky faucet or pet bowl (change water daily)
  • Bird bath - clean regularly
  • Pond if not stocked with fish
  • Tree rot holes or hollow stumps
  • Down spout, clogged gutters-home & street  
  • Missing, damaged or improperly installed screens
  • Any toy, garden equipment or container that can hold water
  • Flat roof without adequate drainage

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