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Get rid of your old tires and mosquitoes, too

If you have some old, unused car tires you want to be rid of, the Jackson County Vector Control District might be able to take them off your hands.

The agency will host a free tire disposal event for Jackson County residents from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Thursday, July 27, through Saturday, July 29, at the Vector Control District office, 555 Mosquito Lane, Central Point. Tires on the rim or those that are more than 34 inches tall will not be accepted. There is a limit of 10 tires per home and 30 per vehicle dropping off the tires.

Attendees should bring identification or a utility statement with a home address to verify Jackson County residency, event officials said. This is Vector Control's third year holding the event. In 2016, the agency collected 10,061 tires from 1,277 households, according to Vector Control manager and biologist Jim Lunders.

The event is intended to reduce the incidence of mosquitoes in the area. The bugs set up shop in spots that unintentionally capture water from sprinklers or rain, including buckets, coffee cans, and wheelbarrows. Tires are particularly sought-after real estate for mosquito larvae, as the water caught in them is harder to pour out.

"They hold water forever," Lunders said. "A lot of them end up getting put in places where sprinklers or other things like that continue to fill them up with water."

Lunders noted that there's an additional charge to drop off tires at Rogue Disposal's transfer station in White City.

Vector Control is still finding containers filled with water during service calls, despite the recent spate of warm temperatures in the Rogue Valley. The hot weather can help mosquito populations as much as it hinders them, Lunders said. Some container sources dry out, but certain points along creeks can also be reduced to sources of standing water.

For more information on the event, see jcvcd.org or call 541-826-2199.

— Reach reporter Ryan Pfeil at 541-776-4468 or rpfeil@mailtribune.com. Follow him at www.twitter.com/ryanpfeil.