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Tire Drive Collection Event; April 17th, 2021 from 7 AM until 3 PM
The District will be holding its annual Tire Drive Collection Event again this year. It will be Saturday, April 17th, starting at 7:00 AM and ending at 3:00 PM. There is only one location for drop-off; it is at our office location at 4951 W. Van Giesen Street, West Richland, WA 99353. There are limitations and requirements to participate in this event:
- This event is free to residents within the Benton County Mosquito Control District. This would be most residents in the Finley area, Kennewick, Richland, West Richland, Benton City, Prosser, Grandview and Mabton. If you are not sure, please go to our maps and confirm (District Maps).
- Bring your driver's license and/or a recent utility bill for confirmation.
- The limit is for 20 rimless, automobile, tires that are in one piece.
- No wheels
- No oversized tires (semi-truck, tractor, heavy equipment, speciality)
- No cut-up tires, pieces, or tires that cannot mainting a round/rolling shape (this is for stacking purposes)
This is not a first come, first served event and we will not be turning people away because we've reached a maximum number; so, if you don't need to drop off your tires first thing at 7:00 AM then the line/wait will likely be less if you come later in the day.
Thank you and if you should have any questions, please just call oru main office at (509) 967-2414.
Increased Mosquito Activity Along the Yakima River
The Benton County Mosquito Control District has over the year's trapped 14 different species of mosquito (there are over 200 different species in the United States, and over 2,000 worldwide). Each of these mosquito species have some similar characteristics but also some differences. The Anopheles (genus) mosquito is a type that prefers cooler and cleaner water sources, often times with some degree of flow to it (most of our species prefer stagnant, highly organic water sources). The Anopheles overwinter as adults and since they are not as affected by cooler temperatures can get an early start to the season.
We are noticing increased activity along the Yakima River and much of this is the Anopheles mosquito. Unfortunately, it is too cold for adulticiding measures (killing the adult, flying mosquito) and treatment of areas of water along the river is problematic or ineffective due to the flow.
We are checking and treating where we can, but we do not run a full crew year round, so we are presently at an extremely limited work staff but are bringing on seasonal postions starting April 1st. We recommened that you try and avoid being outside during higher mosquito activity periods (dusk and dawn), if you choose to, then use a Centers for Disease Control approved repellent, and wear loose fitting long pants and shirts. Should you have additional questions or concerns please reach out to use and we will do our best to assist you.
Coronavirus and District Activities
In response to the coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic, the Benton County Mosquito Control District is following guidance to try and minimize person-to-person contact. The District is closing its office to the public, except by appointment.
You may contact us by mail, phone, or email. We will update our website as conditions change with regards to any modification to the District’s activities. At this time, we are moving forward with conducting normal mosquito control measures, but will be taking steps to limit contact with the public. These measures will affect how we perform our duties so we appreciate your patience as we navigate this situation. Thank you for your understanding during this time.
Thank you for visiting the Website for the Benton County Mosquito Control District. Since 1969 we have been providing mosquito control services. We hope that this website answers your questions and increases your knowledge of mosquitoes and mosquito control activities. If you can't find what you're looking for, please feel free to contact us.
The Benton County Mosquito Control District is dedicated to responsibly improving the quality of life and increasing public education in our area. The District accomplishes this by utilizing Integrated Pest Management (IPM) strategies. IPM is designed to utilize cost-effective control measures to reduce mosquito populations and the diseases they potentially carry, while being environmentally sensitive.
Communication and cooperation with property owners, residents and governmental agencies are critical components in the effort to reduce mosquito populations. Benton County MCD strives to be open and responsive to our community.