TIPS OFFERED ON KEEPING MOSQUITOES AT BAY DURING SUMMER

TIPS OFFERED ON KEEPING MOSQUITOES AT BAY DURING SUMMER

As rainfall increases this summer in the county, so does the proliferation of mosquitoes. Doña Ana County’s Vector Control unit has some helpful tips on how to mitigate these flying, biting nuisances.

Mosquitoes reproduce and their larvae mature in standing water. Removing unnecessary standing water inhibits opportunities for mosquitoes to lay eggs near your home. Empty standing water in old tires, buckets, plastic covers, toys and concave objects that can hold water.

Periodically replacing containers with fresh water can eliminate the full development of mosquito larvae. Circulate and treat water in swimming pools. Change water troughs every three days and birdbaths, fountains, wading pools, rain barrels and potted plant trays at least once a week. Yards, pastures, parks and fields that are over-irrigated are large-scale breeding sites for mosquitoes.

While mosquito-borne disease warnings are in effect, stay indoors during the evening when mosquitoes are most active. When ventilating your home, make sure windows and door screens are bug tight. Replacing outdoor lights with yellow lights will help repel bugs.

For more information, call Grant Taylor in the Doña Ana County Public Information Office at (505) 647-7229. Residents calling from outside the Las Cruces area may call toll-free at 1-877-827-7200 and request extension 7229.