What can I do about mosquitoes?

The Riley County Health Department recommends the following


Eliminate Standing Water

  • Once a week, empty and scrub, turn over, cover, or throw out items that hold water, such as tires, buckets, planters, toys, pools, birdbaths, etc.
  • Mosquito dunks – use one mosquito dunk for every 100 sqft of water surface. Always follow the instructions listed on the manufacturer’s packaging
  • Tightly cover water storage containers so that mosquitoes cannot get inside to lay eggs
  • For containers without lids, use wire mesh with holes smaller than an adult mosquito

Keep Mosquitoes out of Your Home

  • Use screens on windows and doors
  • Repair holes in screens
  • Use air conditioning, when available
  • Insect Repellent
  • Use an EPA-registered insect repellent with the following active ingredients:
  • DEET
  • Picaridin (KBR 3023)
  • Bayrepel
  • Icaridin
  • IR3535
  • Oil of Eucalyptus (OLE)
  • Para-methane-diol (MPD)
  • Brand names include: Off!, Cutter, Sawyer, Ultrathon, Cutter Advanced, Skin-so-Soft Plus Expedition, SkinSmart and Repel*
  • Treat clothing and gear with permethrin or purchase permethrin-treated clothing and gear
  • ALWAYS follow produce label instructions

Wear long-sleeved shirts and long pants when outdoors.

*These are given for your information only. RCHD cannot and does not recommend or endorse any brand name products

For more information, visit: http://www.cdc.gov/features/stopmosquitos

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1. Is the evacuation advisory still in effect?
2. Is a shelter available?
3. Is there a plan for door-to-door notification of residents and what messages might they give?
4. How will I know if someone telling me to evacuate is official?
5. Should we mark our house if we evacuate early to let the emergency personnel know that we have left?
6. Why can’t the Corps let out a little water to avoid a large “uncontrolled” release?
7. How much time will the Corps give us before opening the spillway gates or increasing the water release?
8. Do I need to turn off my gas?
9. What areas were affected by the 1993 flood?
10. What is the difference between a 100-year and 500-year flood?
11. Is FEMA updating the 2015 flood maps?
12. Where can I get sand and sandbags?
13. Do you need volunteers?
14. Who can I talk to about building in the floodplain?
15. Who should I talk to learn more about flood insurance?
16. Do releases at Tuttle Creek Lake affect Wildcat Creek?
17. Will the City issue permits to rebuild or repair homes if flooding occurs?
18. Will my power be shut off?
19. What if I return to my residence and find damage?
20. Is there a curfew in place?
21. Are any roads closed?
22. What can I do about mosquitoes?