Mosquito control to begin in June

Published 10:00 pm Monday, May 28, 2018

The city of Albert Lea has contracted with Mosquito Control of Iowa for mosquito control this season, according to a press release. Any residents who may have questions are encouraged to call 712-848-3295 or visit

The company is scheduled to begin service on June 5, beginning at dusk. The application will be by ground. For the following 10 weeks, application will be on Tuesday evenings, rain dates to be determined.

The product being used is Evoluer 4-4. This is a permethrin-based product, which is extremely safe yet very effective against mosquitoes and gnats, according to the press release.  This product has quick knockdown, low odor and is non-corrosive.

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This product is registered by the Environmental Protection Agency and Minnesota Department of Agriculture.

In addition to the adult mosquito control program, there are several things homeowners can do to reduce the local mosquito population:

• Eliminate trash, tires and containers that may hold water creating a breeding site for mosquitoes.

• Maintain rain gutters and down spouts.  Make sure no water remains in them after a rain.

• Empty and clean bird baths weekly.

• Store pails, barrels, tubs, boats, wheel barrows etc. upside down.

• Keep shrubs, lawns and weeds trimmed to eliminate harborage areas.

• Encourage your neighbors to maintain their properties properly.

The city and Mosquito Control of Iowa want to have a safe and effective mosquito control program this year. Trained personnel handling the equipment and insecticide are of utmost importance. They are encouraging community support and cooperation in their efforts.