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Don't let mosquitoes hamper backyard plans

CARMI, IL (KFVS) -

Springtime is the time of the year for outdoor activities, and the beginning of mosquito season.

Here are some tips from the Egyptian Health Department in Carmi, Illinois you can use to prevent mosquito's putting a damper on your spring and summer backyard plans:

-Properly cover or dispose of old tires.  Old, rimless tires are prime breeding ground for mosquitoes.

-Get rid of artificial containers such as cans, buckets, bottles or any other container that holds water. 

-Keep drains, ditches and culverts clean of weeds and trash. 

-Keep trash containers covered to keep out rain. 

-Empty or change the water in wading pools and birdbaths at least weekly.

-Keep the grass cut short and shrubbery well trimmed around the house.

According to the health department, mosquitoes must have an opportunity to breed in stagnant water and it takes about a week for their larvae to mature into adults. 

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