Get rid of old tires, fight mosquitoes
CENTRAL POINT — The annual event designed to get rid of unwanted tires and give mosquitoes one less place to set up shop returns this week at the Jackson County Vector Control District.
The agency’s free tire disposal event will be held from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Thursday through Saturday, Aug. 15-17, at 555 Mosquito Lane in Central Point, Vector Control reported.
Only Jackson County residents can participate, so organizers are asking people to bring either a picture ID or utility statement with a home address to verify residency. Each attendee has a 15-tire limit, with a 30-tire limit per vehicle. Tires that are more than 34 inches in diameter and/or are still on the rim will not be accepted, event organizers said. Tires also can’t be in pieces.
Its the fifth year Vector Control has hosted the dropoff event, with the purpose of reducing breeding grounds for mosquitoes, a resourceful species when it comes to places they lay eggs. Sources that hold standing water in area yards, including buckets, coffee cans, and wheelbarrows, can be veritable maternity wards for the insects, producing “hundreds of mosquitoes per week,” a Vector Control news release says.
And the 40,000 or so tires residents have dropped off thus far seem to be having an impact, officials said. Cement plants then use the tires as fuel.
“It does appear that it’s made a difference in the locations where these tires are coming from,” said Vector Control manager and biologist Jim Lunders. “Some of these tires sites were known. When our technicians were there doing a service request, they found larvae in the tires, and gave them one of our fliers to try to get them to bring them in and dispose of them. And numerous times in those situation, that has solved those people’s problems in their backyards.”
Lunders hopes the event is a consistent reminder of the importance of policing yards and seeking out potential environments where mosquitoes can thrive. Those include flooded fields, clogged gutters, buckets, coffee cans and, of course, old tires. Anything that holds water for seven days can produce mosquitoes, an insect that spread serious diseases such as West Nile Virus.
For more information about mosquitoes and Vector Control, call 541-826-2199 or visit jcvcd.org.
For more information about the West Nile virus in Oregon, see https://bit.ly/33AVeiD.
Reach reporter Ryan Pfeil at email@example.com or 541-776-4468.