Covid-19's Affect on Mosquito Control
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Saginaw Mosquito Control has to adjust its operations.
It is considered an essential public health service and is thus committed to fulfilling its mission of protecting the county against mosquito-borne diseases and overall mosquito annoyance.
As the season progresses, we will implement phases towards having a full seasonal staff according to guidelines and as we learn more.
A quick look at how SCMAC programs and residents will be affected as we take precautions for the safety of our staff and the community
Services may be delayed
We still want to hear from you when mosquitoes are bad in your area, but due to staffing limitations and safety precautions we may not respond to service calls immediately. We will also prioritize communication over the phone before we do a site inspection to avoid in-person interactions.
Noted changes and delays:
Suspension of property/yard spray treatments until mid-June
Tire Collection & Drop-off
Presentations & events suspended
To date most events have been cancelled to reduce COVID-19 exposure, therefore you are not likely to see us in your community as often as in previous years.
Follow us through social media (Twitter & Facebook) for information that will be helpful and educational to residents. If you have mosquito questions or need advice, feel free to send us your questions via e-mail or give us a call!
Surveillance and control will continue
You're likely to see us doing our regular mosquito control and surveillance activities. We will treat catch basins, ditches, flooded fields & woodlots and a variety of our other normal activities.
Perhaps you may see a few more trucks together as our crew practices social distancing.
How you can help
Give SCMAC employees social distance
You may see our staff doing surveillance, treatment, or other work. You may see a few more trucks together as crew drive to sites individually.
Please give them appropriate social distance for their safety and yours!
Wear bug spray
If you're enjoying some extra time outdoors during the "Stay at Home" order, we highly recommend the following:
Wear bug spray. We advise using EPA-registered repellent products, such as those containing Deet
Avoid being outdoors around dusk and dawn
Cover your body as much as possible to reduce potential biting. Mosquitoes are also attracted to darker colors
Use a fan to circulate the air across your porch
Check your yard for containers
Anything that can hold standing water has the potential to breed mosquitoes, so now is a great time to clear gutters, remove unused flower pots, and fill in any tree holes or low spots. Keep pools & bird baths clean. Encourage your neighbors to do the same!