Reporting Mosquito Problems
If you believe you have a mosquito breeding problem on your property, but are not sure, please call the City of Wentzville who contracts with St. Charles County for the spraying of mosquitoes during the warm spring and sumer months. There is no regularly scheduled spraying of mosquitoes. This service is only provided upon request. Chemicals are not effective for spraying when temperatures are 60 degrees and under.
You many contact the Public Works Department at 636-639-2049, the Concern Line at 636-639-2121 or through the online concern system.
What You Can Do
You as a resident can do more to control mosquitoes around your home than all other methods combined. Proper maintenance of your property is the first step. All trash and refuse that could contain water should be eliminated. The property should be adequately graded and drained, to prevent any pools or puddles of water that may last 10 days or longer. You should initiate the following practices on your property:
- Collect and properly discard all useless artificial containers such as tin cans, bottles, buckets, vases, and old tire casings;
- Make certain that your rain gutters and downspouts are not blocked by leaves or other debris which would cause water to stand in them
- Stack pails, barrels, tubs, vases up-side down.
- Cover boats and canoes, or store them upside down.
- Stock rock gardens, garden pools and lily ponds with small fish, including the top water feeding minnow and gold fish.
- Fill in or drain any low places where water may stand for more than a week.
- Empty and clean small wading pools at least once a week.
- Provide proper maintenance of back yard wimming pools to discourage the development of mosquitoes.
- Drain livestock water tanks once each week or stock them with goldfish or top water feedings minnows.
- Cover rain barrels, cisterns or fire barrels with 16-mesh wire screening.
- Install splash blocks around homes to carry water away from foundations.
- Store wheelbarrows upside down.
After you have done all you can do to reduce the number of mosquitos on your property, you can protect yourself against the onces that remain by being sure your home is adequately screened, by wearing protective clothing, and by using mosquito repellent, which is quite effective.