Ask your average homeowner what they think mosquito control is in their community, and most will respond with something about “spray treatments.”

Jennifer Biancalana, a control consultant with Clarke’s service operations in Illinois, recently had the opportunity to talk about mosquito control and pond management with the Illinois Chapter of Community Associations Institute (CAI). During an episode of CAI’s Common Interest Podcast, Jen shared how she works to help communities enjoy the outdoors during the Midwest’s short-but-sweet (and often buggy) summer season. “Mosquito control is about so much more than nighttime spraying, which only addresses adult populations and offers short-term relief,” says Jen.

To maintain low nuisance levels and protect public health, you need to take a more holistic approach that includes surveillance and treating larval sources where mosquitoes breed, along with periodic adult spray treatments. When you combine these efforts, summer outside can truly be enjoyed.

And speaking of larval sources, did you know that pond in your neighborhood may be a mosquito-breeding haven? Mosquitoes breed in standing water, and a pond can provide an ideal environment for laying eggs. But by adding fountains or below-surface bubblers, just enough agitation is present to deter mosquitoes from laying eggs. And as a bonus, the aeration from fountains and bubblers also helps fend off algae.

Every neighborhood has different needs when it comes to pond management and mosquito control. “Consulting with communities and developing individualized plans for making their outdoors comfortable and safe is the best part of my job. There really is so much more to it than just spraying!”

To listen to the full CAI podcast, click here.