The City of East Chicago Health Department Animal Control Division monitors the mosquito population on a weekly basis from June through September annually. This is done by surveying large areas of standing water for mosquito larva. If these large areas of water are found to be active, mosquito larvae are treated using Altosid Briquets. Altosid Briquets are an insect growth inhibitor that interferes with the normal life cycle of the mosquito preventing the development of adult mosquitos from larvae.
Beginning June 1st, the Health Department Animal Control Division will begin to monitor for adult mosquitos. In these areas where excessive mosquito populations are discovered, trucks are dispatched to spray, using Masterline Kontrol insecticide, which is less toxic and used for the adult mosquito control during times mosquitos are most active.
Seasonal Spray Schedule
6 AM - 8 AM
Monday East & West Calumet, Roxanna
Tuesday East Chicago, North & South
Thursday Parks, Marktown, New Addition
Mosquito Reducing Tips
Follow the tips listed below to help in reducing the mosquito population.
Install or repair window and door screens so that mosquitos cannot get indoors.
Keep gutters clean and free of standing water.
Empty water from flower pots, pet food, water dishes, birdbaths, swimming pool covers, buckets, barrels, and cans at least twice a week.
Be sure to check for containers or trash in places that may be hard to see, such as under bushes around your home.
The City of East Chicago Health Department Animal Control Division conducts this program because mosquitos are known to carry diseases such as encephalitis, malaria, Zika, and the West Nile Virus.