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Mosquito Breeding Control
Habitat Modification
Mosquito Control personnel focus on altering the environmental conditions that promote mosquito breeding by removing debris from creeks, ditches, and culverts to allow water to flow freely and thus eliminating stagnant water.

Larviciding
When habitat modification is not feasible, Mosquito Control technicians apply microbial insecticides such as BTI (bacillus thuringiensis israeliensis) and larvicidal oils to the mosquito breeding areas.

Mosquito Fish (Gambusia Abbinis) 
Mosquito fish can eat 100 to 500 larvae per day. They are used in ponds, cisterns, irrigated fields, and marshy areas. The Health Department provides gambusia fish to the public for us in their garden pools and small landscape ponds.

Adulticiding
Only chemicals approved by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) are used to kill adult mosquitoes as they breed. This is accomplished by dispensing concentrated EPA-approved insecticides in ultra-low volume amounts with truck-mounted equipment in the early evening hours.

Vasco A. Smith, Jr. County Administration Building • (901) 222-2300
160 North Main Street Memphis TN 38103
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