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"Mosquito Prevention"

Mosquito season will be here soon! Homeowners can get a jump on some general maintenance to reduce mosquito populations in their yard.

Controlling mosquitoes involves “Source Reduction”, simply put, dumping out standing water and getting rid of objects and conditions that hold water.

Early spring is a good time to do a mosquito survey of your property and initiate source reduction.

  1. Look for standing water in buckets, tires, pools, boats, tarps, bird baths and anything else that will retain water long enough for mosquito larvae to develop (9 days usually).

  2. Flush out ornamental ponds before they are restocked with fish.

  3. Clean out roof gutters. Clogged rain gutters are one of the most overlooked breeding sites for mosquitoes around homes.

  4. Remove or thin dense shrubbery, vines, or foundation plantings.

  5. Repair leaking faucets and air conditioners that produce puddles for several days.

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

  7. Mosquitoes can be kept out of the home by keeping windows, doors, and porches tightly sealed and insect screens in good repair.

Mosquitoes can make life miserable, but early source reduction maintenance can make your summer more enjoyable.

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