Mosquitoes Love Water



hello I'm Kelly Haynes with Tarrant County Public Health seasonal rainfall and sprinkler systems can make any landscape look lush and beautiful but they can add to the standing water around the property which is where mosquito problems begin doing your part to treat those pools of water will go a long way in protecting you your family and your neighbors let's take a look at a few simple tips that you can take around your property to eliminate standing water and stop the mosquito breeding cycle first take a tour of your property in the street you live on to see what threats may be lurking for starters placing large and cumbersome pots directly on top of soil can add the aesthetic look of an area and gives the water a proper place to drain eliminating drain pans under pots will reduce the area where water collects and mosquitoes breed while touring this property I spot a few hundred feet of rain gutters they need to be kept free and clear debris so the water can flow easily and drain completely during a storm another troublesome spot can be the water me turn irrigation boxes that dot most properties this sprinkler valve looks nice and dry but a closer look at an adjacent water meter hole and we find lots of stagnant cooling water something that can be a cause for concern if left untreated a rather simple but temporary fix is to drain the water with a common plumber's pump it's a quick way to dry up that holds that odds are it will just fill up again if left as is now a more useful and simple tool is the totally organic compound BTI it's found at your home improvement stores and Area supermarkets most of you know it is mosquito dunks it also comes in bits and briquettes we like to remind people follow the directions closely or as we say the label is the law BPI stop the mosquito larvae from developing and stop the mosquito breeding cycle right in its tracks the best part is that BT I won't harm any of the pollinators bugs or critters you have hanging around your property as I look further I can see a troublesome spot in the street low-lying areas can be constant collectors of rain and irrigation water and they often become a chief complaint for residents mosquito breeding sites need near peaceful conditions for days on end simply sweeping here blasting it with a blower we're driving through it should cause enough chaos and keep the mosquitos from calling that area home if you don't have enough time to do that just toss some BTI in the puddle and away you go science proves that water is a mosquitoes best friend so do your part drain those containers keep those gutters flowing freely and use BTI whenever and wherever you can you can follow us on social media for current news releases and ground spray notifications our website has a wealth of information as well or you can find us at nextdoor.com or right there on the next door app where we'll be posting directly to your neighborhood from everyone at Tarrant County Public Health we wish you a healthy day and remember you too can be mosquito free

2 Comments

  • James Myrick

    April 15, 2019

    Great Video a lot of info

    Reply
  • MisterBassBoost

    April 15, 2019

    Excellent video

    Reply

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