What can I do to reduce the number of mosquitoes where I live?
- Dispose of all water-holding containers, such as plastic jugs, empty barrels, tin cans, buckets, bottles, garbage, etc.
- Dispose of old tires. Old tires have become one of the most productive breeding sites in this country.
- Turn over canoes and small boats, or cover them with a tarp. If covering with a tarp, make sure tarp does not sag down and collect water.
- Cover trash containers, or drill holes in the bottom of recycle containers to keep rain water out.
- Empty wading pools weekly, or store them inside when not in use.
- Change water in birdbaths weekly.
- Keep drains and ditches clean so water will drain properly.
- Fill in any ruts or low spots that could collect and hold water for more than one week.
- If storing wheelbarrows outside, store upside down, or cover with a tarp.
- Keep grass cut short and shrubbery trimmed so adult mosquitoes don't hide in the shaded areas during the day.
- Fill in hollow stumps with sand or concrete.
- Inspect eave troughs to assure water is draining properly.
- Aerate ornamental pools, or stock them with fish. Water gardens may become major mosquito producers if allowed to stagnate.
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