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Drain and Cover

To prevent the bite and spread of disease by mosquitoes, remember to Drain and Cover.
  • Drain any standing irrigation or rain water that can collect in garbage cans, house gutters, pool covers, coolers, toys, flower pots or other containers
  • Discard old items that aren’t being used and are storing water
  • Empty and clean birdbaths and pet water bowls once or twice weekly
  • Protect boats and vehicles from rain with tarps that don’t accumulate water
  • Maintain the water balance (pool chemistry) of swimming pools, and empty plastic swimming pools not in use
  • Check around faucets and air conditioner units, and repair leaks or puddles that remain for several days
  • Remove, drain or fill tree holes and stumps with mortar; Irrigate lawns and gardens carefully to prevent water from standing for several days. Cut down weeds adjacent to home and in yards, and mow the lawn regularly
  • Wear socks, shoes, long pants and long sleeves when mosquitoes are active
  • Cover doors, windows, porches and patios with screens and clear gutters
  • Use repellent on bare skin; DEET at 20 to 30 percent concentration works well for most people when used according to label directions; Do not apply to infants

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