Mosquito Prevention Tips


• Destroy or dispose of tin cans, old tires, buckets, unused plastic swimming pools and other containers around the house that can hold water.

• Routinely dump water accumulating in flowerpots, urns and pet dishes.

• Clean debris from rain gutters and remove any standing water under or around structures, and on flat roofs.

• Stock ornamental pools with top-feeding predacious minnows, known as mosquito fish.

• Fill or drain puddles, ditches, swampy areas, tree holes and stumps.

• Eliminate seepage from cisterns, cesspools and septic tanks.

• Eliminate standing water around animal water troughs.

• Check for trapped water in plastic or canvas tarps used to cover boats, pools and other objects around the yard.

• Irrigate lawns and gardens carefully to prevent water from standing for several days.

• Install mosquito traps in the yard.

• Disperse space spray indoors.

• Ensure windows, doors and porches are tightly screened.

• Clear weeds in the yard, or apply insecticide to lower limbs of shade trees, shrubs and other vegetation.

Source: American Mosquito Control Association

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