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Date Posted: 10:23:03 06/26/17 Mon
Author: Mr Sucker
Subject: What can homeowners do to keep mosquitoes out of their backyards?

Mosquitoes that prefer to oviposit in containers such as those that transmit Zika and dengue viruses can be significantly reduced in ones yard by removing or cleaning out all containers that hold water every four days. Id advise homeowners to:

Get rid of old tires, tin cans, buckets, drums, bottles, or any water-holding containers.
Fill in or drain any low places (puddles, ruts, etc.) in the yard.
Check air conditioning drain pans.
Keep drains, ditches, and culverts free of weeds and trash so water will drain properly.
Keep roof gutters free of leaves and other debris.
Cover trash containers to keep out rainwater.
Repair leaky pipes and outside faucets.
Fill in tree rot holes and hollow stumps that hold water.
Change the water in bird baths and plant pots or drip trays at least once each week.
Store boats covered or upside down, or remove rainwater weekly.
Maintain screening: ensure door and window screens fit tightly and holes are repaired.
Installing bird or bat houses to attract these insect-eating animals has been suggested as a method of mosquito control. However, there is little scientific evidence that this significantly reduces the mosquito population around homes.

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