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Keep mosquitoes and WNV away from your family!

May 21st, 2010
  • Store wheelbarrows, tubs, buckets, barrels, and kiddy pools upside down so that water cannot accumulate in them.
  • Do not leave saucers under flowerpots outside, or dump the saucers once a week.
  • Dump rain barrels once a week, screen or cover them, or treat with larvicide.
  • Change the water in birdbaths and small wading pools at least once a week. Aerate ornamental ponds, stock them with mosquito-eating fish, or treat with larvicide.
  • If garbage cans are stored outside, make sure they have tight-fitting lids that do not hold pockets of water.
  • Properly maintain swimming pools and ensure that swimming pool covers do not allow rainwater to collect on them.
  • Ensure that water does not pool in boats stored outside or on their covers.
  • Keep children’s toys inside.
  • Make sure roof gutters drain properly.
  • Clean clogged gutters in the spring and fall.
  • Make sure your home and porch have tightfitting screens that keep mosquitoes out.
  • Clean up trash along the roadway.
  • Dispose of old tires properly and drill holes in tire swings so water can drain.
  • Do not leave pet food out (discard if your pet does not eat it all right away to deter rats and other vermin) and change the water bowl daily.
  • Fill in any low places in the yard if water stands there for several days Throw larvicide into retention/detention ponds and other small bodies of water that cannot be drained.

For more info visit http://health.state.ga.us/epi/vbd/download.asp

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