Mosquito Control Program
The Maryland Department of Agriculture, through the Mosquito Control Program, performs all mosquito control activities in the state. The City participates in the Mosquito Control Program, which begins in late May/early June and continues through September. State mosquito control staff conduct adult mosquito surveillance and, if certain state-mandated thresholds are met, they will conduct spraying operations. Out of an abundance of caution, residents are advised to stay indoors, close their windows, and bring in pets when that occurs.
Sign up for spraying notifications by emailing the Maryland Department of Agriculture.
Reporting a Problem Area
In order to prevent and monitor mosquito borne diseases, residents are still encouraged to report problem areas by using this form. Please try to complete as much of the form as possible.
Note - spraying is not effective against the Asian Tiger Mosquito (black with white legs and white stripe), which are prevalent in the City of Hyattsville. Community cleanups do control the pest when residents empty and/or rinse any containers where water can collect on a weekly basis, including tires, wading pools, wheelbarrows, canoes, tarps, flower pots, saucers, birdbaths, and gutters.
Filing an Exemption
You may request an exemption from adult mosquito control services on a yearly basis.
For additional questions and concerns, please call our Department of Public Works at (301) 985-5032.
Other common City wildlife
Many native animals live in Hyattsville and the surrounding forested areas. The City encourages residents to keep animals like opossums, raccoons, squirrels, foxes, and deer from pesky behaviors by properly disposing of waste in secure bins. Many of these animals are helpful in reducing other pests like mosquitos and ticks!
Please always use caution around wild animals, particularly those displaying signs of rabies like aggressive behavior or excessive drooling. Seek immediate medical attention if you believe you or one of your pets has been exposed to rabies.
Concerns about local wildlife can be reported to the Maryland Department of Natural Resources/USDA Wildlife Services Call Center at 1-877-463-6487.