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The Montgomery County Health Department asks all residents to help alleviate mosquito breeding areas around their home by observing the following practices:
Identify and eliminate all sources of standing water that collect on your property. Mosquitoes will breed in any stagnant water that lasts for 5 or more days.
Dispose of tin cans, plastic containers, flower pots or similar water holding containers that have collected on your property. Do not overlook containers that have become overgrown by aquatic vegetation.
Pay special attention to discarded tires that may have collected water on your property. They can serve as a breeding ground for mosquitoes.
Drill holes in the bottom of recycling containers that are left outdoors. Drainage holes that are located on the container sides collect enough water for mosquitoes to breed in.
Have clogged roof gutters cleaned on an annual basis, particularly if the leaves from surrounding trees have a tendency to block drains.
Turn over plastic wading pools when not in use. A wading pool becomes a place for mosquitoes to breed if it is not used on a regular basis.
Turn over wheelbarrows and do not allow water to stagnate in birdbaths.
Aerate ornamental pools or stock them with fish. Water gardens are fashionable but become major mosquito breeding grounds if they are allowed to stagnate.
Keep swimming pools clean and chlorinated. A swimming pool that is left untended becomes a source of mosquito breeding. Be aware that mosquitoes may even breed in the water that collects on swimming pool covers.
For more information about mosquito prevention and the West Nile Virus, please visit the Montgomery County Health Department website.