Annual mosquito control efforts begin in Clarksville



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City of Clarksville, Contribution

April 5, 2021 3:29 pm

CLARKSVILLE, TN (NOW CLARKSVILLE) – The annual battle to reduce mosquitoes in Clarksville has begun.

Mosquitoes can interfere with outdoor work and spoil free time at Clarksville’s many outdoor locations. More seriously, some mosquitoes can transmit disease to humans, farm animals, and pets.

To combat these seasonal pests, the city of Clarksville hires a company to run an annual mosquito control program designed to reduce the number of biting insects across the city, but especially in public areas such as parks, ball pitches, and near schools.

McGee Pest Control, serving Middle Tennessee and Southern Kentucky, has been providing mosquito control services to the City of Clarksville since 2000. These include:

  • Place larvicide in stagnant water to prevent mosquitoes from multiplying.
  • 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 offer specific services to individual private properties.

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

The company’s road fog program divides the city into service areas, and each area is fogged weekly. Fogging usually occurs at dusk and the company’s trucks have identification 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 mosquito breeding habitats – for example, by removing stagnant water in the house.
  • Make sure window grilles and fly screen doors are in good condition.
  • Wear long-sleeved shirts and pants during mosquito rush hours outdoors.
  • Use mosquito repellent if necessary and always follow the directions on the label.

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