Are you bothered by mosquitoes?

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That’s a question we are often asked…

Why?

Because our home is located at the edge of a- wetland, swamp, fen, marsh.

Call it what you will…  There is no denying, we are near a lot of continually soggy spaces. Potential places for mosquitoes to breed.

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Washington County Environmental Health Mosquito Control keeps an eye on this itchy little menace through an  Integrated Mosquito Management (IMM) strategy.

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Washington County Environmental Health Mosquito Control Program:

  • Collects and tests dead birds and mosquitoes for West Nile Virus (WNV) and other diseases.
  • Provides education in the community.
  • Identifies mosquito-breeding areas and conducts routine surveillance.
  • Treats areas of concern for mosquitoes that can carry diseases.
  • Coordinates surveillance and control efforts with other local governmental agencies.
  • Distributes Mosquito Fish (Gambusia affinis) to Washington County residents for use in their ornamental ponds, water troughs, and other potential breeding areas.

( Cut from website:  http://www.co.washington.or.us/HHS/WestNileVirus/index.cfm )

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Mosquito Surveillance technicians work in the field to seek out mosquito breeding areas that could be cause for concern.

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Mosquito egg rafts and newly hatched larva

Fortunately, the answer to the question…

” Are you bothered by mosquitoes?”

is “NO!”

Biodiversity in our section of Glencoe Swale is vibrant. A variety of arthropods, fish, birds, amphibians, and mammals feed on small organisms such as mosquitoes and their larva. For now, the population of mosquito menaces is kept in check by nature.

However, a concern for the future is how urban growth will impact the sustainability of these delicate eco-systems. Glencoe Swale is at the edge of Hillsboro’s last border with rural lands. As housing and business development cuts into natural areas… fragmentation and elimination of habitat is a looming problem.