Free mosquito control program for Meriden residents

(James Gathany/Centers for Disease Control and Prevention via AP, File)

MERIDEN, Conn. (WTNH) –The Meriden Health and Human Services Department (MHHSD) is offering mosquito control consultation services and “mosquito dunks” that kill larva to help control the mosquito population.

The program comes at no cost to residents of Meriden.

Mosquito dunks are a larvicide designed to lessen the mosquito population, thus lessening the potential for West Nile Virus, Eastern Equine Encephalitis and Zika Virus. They are safe for use around the home because they utilize a naturally occurring biological treatment to eliminate mosquitos before they become flying/feeding adults, according to the MHHSD.

MHHSD says now is the time to be proactive about mosquito control because they are just beginning to breed for the summer season. Breeding sites include standing water in wetland areas or yard depressions, clogged rain gutters, empty garden containers, used tire piles, standing water on pool covers or in unused pools, and tree holes.

It is important to empty standing water on your property once a week to eliminate potential mosquito breeding. When standing water cannot be removed, using a larvicide will eliminate immature mosquitoes before they can mature into flying adults.

The MHHSD will provide residents or homeowners associations, free of charge:

  • A site visit to assess standing water issues and make recommendations for eliminating mosquito breeding conditions.
  • An initial treatment with mosquito dunks. (The Department will only provide larvicide dunks for standing water bodies less than 400 square feet. Application of the larvicide will be done by the homeowner. )

For more information on mosquito control you can contact Scott Bryden, Environmental Health Supervisor, at (203) 630-4282or email The MHHSD will distribute dunks to residents until their supply is gone.

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