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Tips to Protect Against Mosquitoes

Post Date:06/14/2016 10:41 AM

Tips to Protect Against Mosquitoes

            In South Texas, sometimes when it rains, it pours. And unfortunately, after the rain subsides, mosquitoes emerge.

            The best thing any resident can do to prevent mosquitoes is to eliminate standing water in your yard. There are many common places around your own home that can hold standing water where mosquitoes can breed. Residents can help keep the mosquito population under control by draining anything outdoors that is a potential breeding place for mosquitoes: old tires, pet water bowls, poorly maintained pools, birdbaths, potted plants or clogged rain gutters.

Mosquito Sources

What You Can Do to Reduce Mosquitoes

Swimming Pools and Hot Tubs

  • Keep water covered during non-usage periods
  • Chlorinate
  • Use filter regularly

Wading/Kiddie Pools

  • Drain water when not in use
  • If water must remain in pool, cover pool

Bird Baths

  • Change water at least once a week

Roof Gutters

  • Clean once a year to remove debris

Irrigated Lawns

  • Avoid over irrigation
  • Drain standing water

 

Personal Protection from Mosquitoes

  • Avoid prolonged outdoor exposure during dawn and dusk. These are the times when mosquitoes are the most active.
  • Wear long sleeves and pants when outdoors to protect against mosquitoes bites.
  • Protect yourself against mosquitoes by using an effective insect repellent, such as DEET, Picaridin, or Oil of Lemon Eucalyptus.
  • Doors, windows, and screens should be in good working condition to prevent mosquitoes from entering your home.
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