Personal strategies to battle mosquitoes

BLACKFOOT — Summer has come to Bingham County, and as temperatures have risen, those annoying and potentially dangerous mosquitoes have arrived earlier than usual.
Every year, responsible government agencies, public health professionals, and mosquito abatement experts do their best to educate the public about mosquitoes and the numerous ways that people can protect themselves from mosquito-borne diseases.
The Bingham County Abatement District Board of Trustees, and VDCI, once again remind our residents about the potential threat that mosquitoes pose and encourage everyone to help themselves, their families and their neighbors by taking action to minimize both mosquito habitat and their risk of being bitten.
Since mosquito eggs develop in standing water, standing water needs to be eliminated as possible, then the overall number of mosquitoes will be reduced in our area. It takes very little standing water to produce a large number of mosquitoes, so every little bit that each person does to get rid of such water helps tremendously. The following are examples of actions people can take to help eliminate larval mosquito habitats:
 Dispose of cans, plastic containers, ceramic pots or similar water-holding containers.
 Remove all discarded tires from your property.
 Drill holes in the bottoms of recycling containers or trash cans that are kept outdoors.
 Make sure roof gutters drain properly and clean clogged gutters in the spring and fall.
 Turn over plastic wading pools and wheelbarrows when not in use.
 Change the water in birdbaths every 5 to 7 days.
 Clean vegetation and debris from the edges of ponds and ditches.
 Clean and chlorinate swimming pools and outdoor hot tubs.
 Drain water from swimming pool and boat covers.
 Use landscaping to eliminate stagnant water that collects on your property.
 Grade property and time irrigation so water soaks in prior to releasing more water.
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