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Mosquito Prevention at Home

 

 

Being aware of the areas where mosquitoes like to breed can significantly reduce the risk of West Nile Virus (WNV) infection. The diagram below shows areas around your home where mosquitoes are likely to breed.

 

 

breeding sites 

 

 

 

 

1.      Stagnant water located in birdbaths should be changed every other day.

birdbath

 

 

2.      Yard waste, such as lawn cuttings and raked leaves, which are present in gutters or storm 

        drains, prevent water from flowing and create perfect breeding conditions for mosquitoes.

storm drain

 

 

3.      Low-lying depressions in lawn areas where water can collect should be filled in.

low area

 

 

4.      Leaves and twigs can block roof gutters and eaves troughs and prevent proper water drainage.

 clogged gutters

 

 

5.      Stagnant water of any kind is another breeding area for mosquitoes.

 breeding sites

 

 

6.      Open or broken window screens and attic vents offer perfect avenues for mosquitoes to make

         their way into your home. Window screens should fit snugly into the frame, vents should

        remain closed and for further prevention, windows should also be shut during the hours of dusk

        and dawn.

window screen

 

 

7.      Pool covers can collect water and should be emptied right away. Wading pools need to also

        be turned over when they are not in use.

 pool cover

 

 

8.      Toys and other objects around the yard should be placed in an area where they won't collect

         rainwater.

 toys outside

 

 

 9.      Mosquitoes are often attracted to containers of standing water in wheelbarrows or tires that

          are left outside. To avoid this, drill holes in the bottom of containers to allow water to flow out

          or turn over those items that are not in use.

junk

 

 

10.    Leaky faucets should be closed tightly as water build-up can create breeding grounds for

         mosquitoes.

 leaky hose

 

 

11.   Ornamental ponds or watering troughs are a perfect source for mosquito breeding.  They should

        have Gambusia fish placed in them or cleaned on a weekly basis. 

 pond

 

 

For any sites that cannot be taken care of by the homeowner, please submit a service request and we will come and inspect the site for you.  You may also submit a service request for Gambusia fish or you may come to our office for us to distribute them to you.

 
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