Mosquito Control

The City of Ferndale does not apply pesticides for mosquito control.

To help control the mosquito population, decrease mosquito habitat by emptying old tires, buckets, plastic covers, toys and other containers around your home where water can accumulate and serve as a breeding ground for mosquitoes. Change water in birdbaths, fountains, wading pools and animal troughs weekly. To protect yourself from mosquito bites, wear loose fitting, long sleeved shirts, long pants and other protective clothing when in mosquito-infested areas. You may also consider using a mosquito repellant. For more information from the WSU extension, click here.

Products that contain Bti, such as Mosquito Dunks© and Mosquito Bits© are available for private residential use in Washington. If using these products, it is important to carefully follow the label instructions and to apply only to waters that will not drain off of the property (e.g., ornamental ponds or other closed systems).

Aquatic pesticide permits – If you use any products to manage aquatic life in and around waters of Washington, you will probably need coverage under a National Pollution Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) permit. State and federal law requires coverage under an aquatic pesticide permit for all activities that involve the use of pesticides or nutrient inactivation products for managing aquatic organisms in waters of the state. Washington Department of Ecology Aquatic pesticide permits condition and regulate when, where, how, and the amount and type of products that can be applied for these activities. These permits provide details on the specific monitoring, reporting, and public notification requirements for products used for the managing aquatic organisms. Visit the Department of Ecology Aquatic Pesticide Permits Page for more information. 

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