Welcome to Ford County!
Effective July 1, 2015 there is a law change regarding Kansas Covered Farm Vehicles
Ford County has been spraying for mosquitoes but could use your help with mosquito control since we have had a lot of moisture lately. Below are some suggestions to help you keep the mosquito population down in your area.
Preventing Mosquitoes from Breeding
Mosquitoes lay up to 250 eggs at a time in still water, which will hatch in 7 to 15 days. During the off season, mosquitoes can lay dormant for up to one year.
If standing water is eliminated weekly, many mosquitoes will be kept from breeding in the first place. So if you are anti-mosquito, then start by getting rid of these breeding grounds in your yard.
Common mosquito breeding grounds:
• Bird Baths
• Old Tires
• Open Containers - Cans, jars, bottles or anything that can hold as little as an ounce of water. In fact, mosquitoes can breed in as little as a drop of water. Even recycle bins may have some open containers that can collect water. Don’t forget those trash cans and trash can lids, too!
• Hollow Trees
• Water Gardens & Ponds - Decorative ponds without fish. Other large areas of standing water
• Wading Pools
• Drainage Ditches
Ways you can help eliminate mosquito breeding grounds:
• Dispose of old tires, buckets, ceramic pots and other containers in your yard that may collect water.
• Fill in tree rot holes and hollow stumps that hold water.
• Drill holes into the bottom of tire swings.
• At least once per week, empty standing water from containers, including birdfeeders, on your property.
• Drill holes in the bottom of recycling containers that are left outdoors. Drainage holes in the sides of containers allow sufficient water to collect in which mosquitoes may breed.
• Clean clogged roof gutters, particularly if the leaves from surrounding trees have a tendency to plug up the drains. Flooded roof gutters are easily overlooked but can produce hundreds of mosquitoes each season.
• Turn over plastic wading pools when not in use.
• Turn over wheelbarrows when not in use.
• Store boats covered or upside down, or remove rainwater weekly.
• Aerate ornamental pools or stock them with fish. Water gardens are fashionable but become major mosquito producers if they are allowed to stagnate.
• Clean and chlorinate swimming pools that are not being used. A swimming pool that is left for a month can produce enough mosquitoes to infest an entire neighborhood. Be aware that mosquitoes may also breed in the water that collects on swimming pool covers.
• Keep drains, ditches and culverts free of grass clippings, weeds and trash so water will drain properly.
• Fill in low areas on your property to eliminate standing water. Ponds or streams where fish are present or the water is disturbed by current or wave action do not produce many mosquitoes; standing water is more of a breeding area. So if you have mosquitoes, the standing water in your backyard has got to go. This will be the start of your anti-mosquito campaign! Next step...effective outdoor mosquito control that can help you enjoy season-long protection from the dangers of mosquitoes.
• Any area of standing water is a potential mosquito breeding ground!
REMINDER: HAVE YOU SIGNED YOUR 2015
PERSONAL PROPERTY RENDITION? IT’S NOT TO LATE!
Each year owners of personal property in Kansas are required to provide a list of taxable personal property to the Appraiser’s Office in the county where the property is kept. A rendition needs to be signed and filed.
TAXABLE PERSONAL PROPERTY WHICH SHOULD BE LISTED IS:
- Trucks registered with 16,000 pounds or heavier tax
- Trailers (of any sort)
- Non-highway vehicles (cars, trucks, mopeds, three and four wheelers, dirt bikes, ANY vehicle not tagged for highway use)
- Mobile homes
- Golf Carts
- Aircraft, hot air balloons
- Boats, motors, boat trailers, jet ski, jet ski trailer
- Equipment used in the operation of a business
Penalty for FAILURE to file: 50%
Ford County Appraisal Office is open from 8:30 AM to 5:00 PM
Monday through Friday, or call 620-227-4570 for assistance
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