Here are 10 timely tips to make it tougher for mosquitoes to establish at your accounts this season:
- Search thoroughly for, and remove or cover, anything that can hold water.
- Remove, cover or drill holes in used tires. Drill so the water completely drains. Do the same with a tire swing.
- Drill holes in the bottom of recycling containers. Ensure that lids for garbage cans are in good repair.
- Beware of items such as buckets, wheelbarrows and recycling containers that have a “lip” when flipped over. The lip will collect water and organic matter — enough to welcome a new generation of mosquitoes — in just five to seven days.
- Clean clogged gutters.
- Check that all windows, screens and doors are tight-fitting and in good repair.
- Scrub birdbaths thoroughly with a brush to remove mosquito eggs.
- Cover in-ground drains with hardware cloth to prevent mosquito breeding.
- Fill in low-lying areas where water regularly collects and remains.
- Inspect and remove water from tarps or plastic used to cover items.
More: Watch these videos of Dr. Stan Cope give presentations at the New York Pest Expo.
- “The Future of Mosquito-Borne Illness” By Dr. Stan Cope
- “Pest Control and Public Health” by Dr. Stan Cope
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