June 16, 2021

Ledge Light Announces 2021 Mosquito Control Program, Free Larvicide ‘Dunks’ Offered to all District Residents

LYME/OLD LYME — Ledge Light Health District (LLHD) is offering mosquito control consultation services and larvicidal mosquito dunks to residents in Lyme and Old Lyme.

Ledge Light is also offering this service to the other towns LLHD services, i.e., East Lyme, Groton, Ledyard, New London, North Stonington, Stonington, and Waterford.

Mosquito dunks are a larvicide designed to lessen the potential for West Nile Virus, Eastern Equine Encephalitis and Zika Virus. They are safe for use around the home because they utilize a naturally-occurring biological treatment to eliminate mosquitos before they become flying/feeding adults.

Ledge Light emphasizes that now is the time to be proactive about mosquito control because mosquitoes are just beginning to breed for the summer season.

Breeding sites include standing water in wetland areas or yard depressions, clogged rain gutters, empty garden containers, used tire piles, pool covers and tree holes.

It is important to empty standing water on your property once a week to eliminate potential mosquito breeding. When standing water cannot be removed, using a larvicide will eliminate immature mosquitoes before they can mature into flying adults. Flying adults are much more difficult and costly to eliminate.

Ledge Light Health District will provide to residents or homeowners association, free of charge:

  1. A site visit to assess standing water issues and make recommendations for eliminating mosquito breeding conditions
  2. An initial treatment with mosquito dunks*
  3. A season‐long supply of mosquito dunks, until our supply is eliminated.

*Note that the District will only provide larvicide dunks for standing water bodies less than 400 sq. ft. Application of the larvicide will be done by the homeowner.

For more information, contact Patti Myers, 860‐434‐1605 ext. 214 or visit the LLHD website: www.llhd.org, the Connecticut Mosquito Management Program Website: www.ct.gov/mosquito or the CT DEEP Pesticide Management Program or Pre‐Notification Registry at 860‐434‐3369.

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