Frequently Asked Questions About The Village of Elsie’s Mosquito Control Services
When Does the Village Spray? The DPW will spray on a as needed basis. Most times the DPW crews spray at dusk/night when the most Mosquitos are out. Between the hours of 8pm and 1am. Weather conditions also play a factor when spraying. Conditions have to be no rain, and calm winds.
Can I request the DPW to spray in other places other than along the street? Yes you can. The more places the crews can get the better. Please call the Village office and contact Village Manager Shane Grinnell, 989-862-4273 Ext 7 so he can come do a pre plan for your property. We will be looking for any hazards or objects the crew will need to know about before they spray.
• How much will it cost to call The Village of Elsie for Mosquito Control for service? If you have a mosquito problem, please call the office. There is no fee for service. For Village of Elsie residents. Residents pay taxes that provide the funds for program operation.
• How does the Elsie DPW Mosquito Control program control larval and adult mosquitoes? Products are used to treat water in ponds, storm drains, ditches, etc., where mosquito larvae are found or may develop later. Ultra Low Volume (ULV) sprays are used at critical times and locations to help control adult mosquitoes.
•Why are mosquito populations higher some years compared to others? Mosquito populations fluctuate depending mostly on rainfall. Frequent rainstorms create more standing water and therefore, more mosquitoes.
• How many species of mosquitoes are in the world and in Michigan? There are about 3,000 species of mosquitoes worldwide and about 60 species in Michigan.
• How long do mosquitoes live? Depending on the species, mosquitoes can live several weeks to a month or more. Females live longer than males.
• How much blood does a female mosquito drink per serving? About 5 millionths of a quart (for an Aedes aegypti)
• Why do we itch after a mosquito bites? The itching we feel from a mosquito bite is our body's reaction to the anticoagulant injected with the female mosquito's saliva as she takes blood.
• What attracts a female mosquito to a human? Carbon dioxide (CO2), our breath, is a proven attractant. Warm bodies, dark-colored clothing, and scents like perfume and deodorant also attract female mosquitoes.
• What is the most effective protection against biting insects? The most effective treatment is a repellent containing DEET, but there are other repellents available. Covering as much of the body (long sleeves) also makes it harder for mosquitoes to bite a person.
• Are mosquitoes active in inclement weather? Mosquitoes are not very active on windy or cool days. Spraying to control adult mosquitoes, therefore, only occurs when weather conditions are right.
• What do male mosquitoes do? Male mosquitoes fertilize the females. They also feed on nectar and can therefore be pollinators. Male mosquitoes, which usually emerge shortly before females, form a mating swarm when females emerge. Females mate only once and store sperm that will later fertilize the eggs she lays.
• Where do mosquitoes in cities and towns come from? Many are produced in water-filled containers like old tires, improperly maintained swimming pools, and street catch basins, where mosquito eggs are laid. Anything that can contain water is a potential breeding source.
• What can homeowners do around their own backyards to reduce mosquitoes? Homeowners can eliminate mosquito breeding sites on their property by periodically emptying water from containers such as buckets, tires, gutters, trashcans etc. or keeping water clean in swimming pools, dog bowls, birdbaths, etc.
For more information please feel free to contact the Village of Elsie.