2005-06-17 / Front Page

Skeeter-beating Tips

Mosquitoes lay their eggs in standing or slow moving water. Also weeds, tall grass, and bushes provide an outdoor resting place for mosquitoes. In residential areas, standing water can accumulate in unused tires, cans, unused pools and pool covers and other recepticles that collect water. Mosquitoes can enter homes through unscreened windows or doors, or broken screens. Eliminate standing water and prevent mosquitoes from entering your home:

• Eliminate any standing water that collects on your property.

• Remove all discarded tires from your property.

• Dispose of tin cans, plastic containers, ceramic pots, or similar water-holding containers.

• Make sure roof gutters drain properly. Clean clogged gutters in the spring and fall.

• Clean and chlorinate swimming pools, outdoor saunas and hot tubs. If not in use, keep empty and covered.

• Drain water from pool covers.

• Change the water in bird baths at least every 3 or 4 days.

• Turn over plastic wading pools and wheelbarrows when not in use.

• Remind or help neighbors to eliminate mosquito breeding sites on their properties.

• Repair or replace all screens in your home that have tears or holes.

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