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Mosquito Spraying Schedule
Spraying will be conducted in accordance with all applicable laws, rules and proposed EPA regulations, specifically when:
Weather is absent of rain
Winds are less than 10 mph
IF SURVELIENCE LIGHT TRAPS CONTAIN LESS THAN 10 MOSQUITOES, SPRAYING MAY BE CANCELLED FOR THAT WARD
SPRAYS ARE CONDUCTED THURSDAYS ON THE DATES BELOW UNLESS NOTED
June 13 --------------Start time - 8:30 pm---------June 20
June 27 ----------------------- Start time - 8:30 pm --------- July 01(Mon)**
July 11 ------------------------ Start time - 8:30 pm --------- July 18
July 25 ---------------------- Start time – 8:15 pm -------- August 01
August 08 ------------------- Start time – 8:15 pm -------- August 15
August 22 ------------------- Start time – 7:30 pm -------- August 29
September 05 ------------- Start time – 7:30 pm -------- September 12
September 19 -------------- Start time – 7:30 pm -------- September 26
If unable to spray on the scheduled date, makeup spray will be on the following Monday if weather permits
** Due to the July 4th holiday falling on the regular spray schedule, spraying will be conducted two days earlier**
Information About Purple Martins and Bats To Natually Control Mosquito Populations
Do bats serve as an effective mosquito control?
Recently the public has shown increased interest in the value of insectivorous species of bats in controlling mosquitoes. Although untested lately, this is not a new idea. During the 1920's several bat towers were constructed near San Antonio, Texas, in order to help control malarial mosquitoes. Mosquito populations were not affected and the project was discontinued. Bats in temperate areas of the world are almost exclusively insectivorous. Food items identified in their diet are primarily beetles, wasps, and moths. Mosquitoes have comprised less than 1% of gut contents of wild caught bats in all studies to date. Bats tend to be opportunistic feeders. They do not appear to specialize on particular types of insects, but will feed on whatever food source presents itself. Large, concentrated populations of mosquitoes could provide adequate nutrition in the absence of alternative food. However, a moth provides much more nutritional value per capture than a mosquito. M.D. Tuttle, a world authority on bats, is often quoted for his anecdotal report that bats effectively controlled mosquito populations at a popular resort in New York State. While there is no doubt that bats have probably played a visible, if not prominent, role in reducing the mosquito problems in many areas, the natural abatement of mosquito populations is an extremely complex process to study, comprising poorly known ecological relationships. Tuttle attempts to underscore the bats role by citing an experiment in which bats released into a laboratory room filled with mosquitoes caught up to 10 mosquitoes per minute. He extrapolated this value to 600 mosquitoes per hour. Thus, a colony of 500 bats could consume over a quarter of a million mosquitoes per hour. Impressive numbers indeed, but singularly unrealistic when based upon a study where bats were confined in a room with mosquitoes as their only food source. There is no question that bats eat mosquitoes, but to utilize them as the sole measure of control would be folly indeed, particularly considering the capacity of both mosquitoes and bats to transmit diseases.
Do Purple Martins help reduce mosquitoes?
It has been known for many years that bird species like purple martins consume large numbers of flying insects. Proponents of their use in mosquito control are quick to cite J. L. Wade, an amateur ornithologist, who reasoned that an average 4 oz. adult purple martin, due to its rapid metabolism, would have to consume its body weight (14,000 mosquitoes) per day in order to survive. Wade recognized that the purple martins diet includes many other types of insects, but this appears to have been lost on many individuals searching for a natural means of control. In fact, during daylight, purple martins often feed voraciously upon dragonflies, known predators of mosquitoes. At night, when mosquitoes are most active, purple martins tend to feed at treetop level, well above most mosquito flight paths. Ornithologist James Hill, founder of the Purple Martin Conservation Association (PMCA), writes, "The number of mosquitoes that martins eat is extremely insignificant, and they certainly don't control them. In-depth studies have shown that mosquitoes comprise no more than 0 to 3 percent of the diet of martins". They eat only flying insects, which they catch in flight. Their diet is diverse, including dragonflies, damselflies, flies, midges, mayflies, stinkbugs, leafhoppers, Japanese beetles, June bugs, butterflies, moths, grasshoppers, cicadas, bees, wasps, flying ants, and ballooning spiders. Martins are not, however, prodigious consumers of mosquitoes as is so often claimed by companies that manufacture martin housing. An intensive 3-year diet study conducted at PMCA headquarters in Edinboro, PA, failed to find a single mosquito among the 350 diet samples collected from parent martins bringing beakfuls of insects to their young. The samples were collected from martins during all hours of the day, all season long, and in numerous habitats, including mosquito-infested ones. Purple Martins and freshwater mosquitoes rarely ever cross paths. Martins are daytime feeders, and feed high in the sky; mosquitoes, on the other hand, stay low in damp places during daylight hours, or only come out at night. Since Purple Martins feed only on flying insects, they are extremely vulnerable to starvation during extended periods of cool and/or rainy weather. Rather than erecting martin houses to specifically attract insect-eating birds for mosquito control, we should at least promote them for their aesthetic and educational value.
The state is out of the business of testing mosquitoes for West Nile virus, and public-health officials say that will mean less-precise information on how best to contain the potentially deadly illness.
A cut in federal dollars led to the state’s decision, said Ohio Department of Health spokeswoman Tessie Pollock. Before the cut, the annual budget for the state’s West Nile testing program was $265,000.
Historically, some local health departments trapped mosquitoes and sent them to the state for testing, others tested on their own, and some tested and then sent samples to the state for confirmatory tests.In some counties, there’s no testing.
Last year was a particularly bad year for the virus, which has been in Ohio for more than a decade. The state had reports of 121 diagnosed human cases in 32 counties and seven deaths.The state tested more than 187,000 mosquitoes from 26 local health departments and found that 1,218 pools tested positive for West Nile in 15 of those counties.
West Nile causes severe illness in about 1 in 150 infected people. In those cases, symptoms can include high fever, headache, neck stiffness, stupor, disorientation, coma, tremors, convulsions, muscle weakness, vision loss, numbness, paralysis and death.
Knowing what’s going on in the mosquito population helps public-health workers decide where to concentrate their efforts, including spraying to kill the pests. Culex mosquitoes are the culprits behind human West Nile illness.
Last year’s high West Nile numbers illustrate the importance of keeping tabs on infected mosquitoes.
Everyone knows that West Nile is around but knowing where it’s worst keeps the BNMAD and others from randomly spraying areas that might not need it.
The state will continue to provide guidance to local health departments about mosquito surveillance and will monitor reports of human cases.
(Some of the above facts was provided by the Columbus Dispatch)
Brian Nelson (Summit County Rep)
About the Mosquito Abatement District and Updated Information
Your Mosquito Abatement District wants you to be safe from mosquito-borne viruses, and we want you to enjoy being outside with your family. Imagine fewer mosquitos in your yard. You can prepare a picnic, play cards by moonlight, even sit on your front porch without the hassle of mosquitoes.
The Mosquito Abatement District was formed under section 6115.05 of the Ohio Revised Code that was established to reduce the population of biting arthropods and to abate their breeding places.
------------------Current & Upcoming News and Events ------------------
The next BNMAD Board of Directors Meeting will be held on May 09, 2013 at 6:00 pm
For the final report on mosquito surveillance for 2012, click on the MAD FAQ link.
Be sure to come out and have a great time at the Cherry Blossom Festival Parade! This years parade steps off on May 18 at 10 am. Be sure and look for our equipment and some of our employees that will be in the parade. And of course, be sure to enjoy all the fun activities that you will find at the annual Cherry Blossom Festival!! Good food, great crafts and a great time! The Barberton Area Jaycees are again planning this great tradition. Visit their parade website at http://www.barbertoncherryblossom.com/.
The next Board of Directors meeting is scheduled for May 9, 2013 at 6 pm in the board room located at our offices, 131 Snyder Ave. Barberton.
The MAD is planning an open house at a date and time to yet be decided! There will many things to see for all ages. Come and view the equipment up close and learn all about those pesky mosquitoes and what we do to help protect you. Bring an appetite, as refreshments will be offered and pick up some of the memorabile that we will be giving away! Details will be published in the coming months.
Fun Facts: (OK, there is nothing fun about mosquitoes, but read on)
Here is some new information on the mosquito for April 2013! (Courtesy of AMCA)
Mosquitoes are insects belonging to the order Diptera, the True Flies. Like all True Flies, they have two wings, but unlike other flies, mosquito wings have scales. Female mosquitoes' mouthparts form a long piercing-sucking proboscis. Males differ from females by having feathery antennae and mouthparts not suitable for piercing skin. A mosquito's principal food is nectar or similar sugar source.
March's Fun Facts!
How fast can mosquitoes fly?
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