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City Advising to Help Eliminate Mosquito Breeding Sites

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CORPUS CHRISTI (Kiii News) - It's that time of the year again -- the City's Animal Care Services and Vector Control are preparing for mosquitoes to start breeding again, bringing with them the threat of West Nile virus.

Mosquitoes only breed in standing water, so in order to keep the areas where people work and play safe, the City is asking that Coastal Bend residents be sure to drain all sources of standing water in and around your property. Also, be sure to keep insect repellents handy, and wear protective clothing when outside to reduce your risk of exposure.

Other tips to help eliminate mosquito breeding sites include:

- Reduce standing water in and around your property, including old tires, bottles, buckets and clogged gutters.
- Replace water at least twice a week in pet dishes, bird baths and watering troughs.
- Repair leaky outside faucets and pipes.
- Consider mowing or pruning dense vegetation to reduce the mosquito habitat. If you live near a vacant building or home with junk vehicles, high grass and debris, please call 361-826-CITY to make a report to Code Enforcement.
- Keep window and door screens in good repair.
- Fill in tree holes with sand and low spots in the lawn with soil.
- Stock permanent water areas with mosquito-feeding fish (Gambusia affinis can be purchased in pet stores and bait shops).
- Carefully screen rainwater harvesting cisterns to exclude mosquitoes.
- Use "mosquito dunks" to reduce mosquitoes in rain barrels and permanent bodies of water. These products slowly release biological larvicide that kills the pests. They are readily available and affordable at most home improvement stores.
- Consider installing nesting boxes to attract bats and birds that feed on mosquitoes. Bats are an important part of mosquito combat. Please do not touch or handle bats.

Lastly, always remember the four D's:

- Dusk and Dawn are the time of day when the mosquito is most active. Stay indoors if possible or limit outdoor activity during these periods.
- Dress to keep skin covered as much as possible. Consider wearing loose, long-sleeved shirts and long pants.
- Use repellants that contain DEET as the active ingredient for treating exposed skin areas. Always carefully follow label directions.
- Drain any standing water on your property. This includes any low areas where water may accumulate and items such as flower pots, cans, wheel barrows, boats, old tires, etc. that may hold water.

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