The President's Pen (June 2017)
I hope you all have made plans to enjoy the summer with lots of fun activities. One of my favorites is cookouts on my back deck with family and friends. Unfortunately, as many can attest, this fun endeavor is often accompanied by the sounds of hands smacking various parts of our bodies or the waving of hands attempting to rid ourselves of the annoying mosquitos.
Fortunately for us, York County does an excellent year-round job of monitoring the mosquito population and attempting to reduce it. The large amount of rainfall this year has resulted in this season’s mosquito population being very high. York County’s Mosquito Control is conducting its year-round mosquito abatement to eliminate breeding grounds and prepare for the heavy mosquito season that begins each spring.
While York County’s Mosquito Control is actively inspecting for standing water, dispensing larvicide, and depositing mosquito fish into ponds, we also need to help fight the bite ourselves by dumping out, or draining any standing water near our homes. This is critical to ensure we minimize potential exposure to mosquito born viruses such as the West Nile, Eastern Equine Encephalitis, and Zika.
In support of the mosquito control effort, York County is having its Tire Amnesty Day on Saturday, June 24, from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the Public Works Department parking lot, 105 Service Drive. This is an excellent opportunity to dispose of tires that can breed thousands of mosquitoes. The only requirement is each resident is limited to turning in five tires and they MUST be off the rims; York County will then dispose of the tires properly.
For more information about Mosquito Control in York County, please call (757) 890-3790 or visit www.yorkcounty.gov/mosquitocontrol.