(NAPSI)-While outdoor activities can result in itchy mosquito bites and the threat of the deadly West Nile virus, there are a few steps homeowners can take to reduce mosquito populations and protect themselves:
- Cover, empty or remove containers that hold water. Mosquitoes lay their eggs in standing water, so the best way to decrease mosquitoes around your home is to eliminate standing water. Household items that hold water include wading pools, wheelbarrows, toys, buckets, tarps, boats and tires.
- Clear standing water from your landscape. Clean out clogged rain gutters and drainage ditches frequently to ensure water does not gather. Fill in low areas of your yard and make sure flower pots and bird baths have clean water every four days.
- Create movement in areas of stagnate water. Add a water pump, fountain or waterfall to pools or ponds and make sure that the water is circulating properly. Swimming pools should also be chlorinated according to the manufacturer’s directions and covered when not in use.
- Call the health department. Mosquito control programs may include environmentally friendly larvicides. These larvicides effectively kill mosquito larvae in standing water, eliminating them before they become biting adults.
For more information about how to protect your family and how to get involved in larviciding programs in your area, visit www.mosquitoawareness.com.