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Be safe: Mosquito-proof your home

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With all the recent rain, mosquitoes are going to be hatching out and we all need to remember a few tips to avoid being bitten.
The five Ds are:
Dusk & Dawn are when mosquitoes are most active so you should avoid being outside at those times. And if you must be outdoors then--
Dress so your skin is covered with clothing. Wear shoes, socks, long pants, and a long sleeved shirt.
Drain any empty containers and stagnant water so mosquito wrigglers can’t grow up to become biters.
Deet mosquito repellant is best to protect bare skin and clothing. It is important to remember that DEET is not recommended for children younger than two months old. Instead, avoid exposing your baby to mosquitoes.
Levy County is the home for 40 known species of mosquitoes. They are as different in their feeding and breeding habits as humans are different in their lifestyles.
All mosquitoes must have water to develop.  Most prefer slow-moving or stagnant water in which to lay their eggs. One tablespoon of water will breed over 200 mosquitoes. During warm weather, mosquitoes can complete their life cycle in four days.
While there are dozens of mosquito control devices on the market today, the most effective method is to destroy mosquito breeding places. This means getting rid of any standing water conditions around your home.
Practice good “mosquito hygiene” around your home.
• Check clogged gutters and flat roofs that may have poor drainage.
• Remove standing water in old tires, buckets, drums, toys, or other containers
• Cover barrels and trash containers tightly with a lid or 16-mesh screen
• Empty plastic wading pools at least once a week. Store them indoors when not using.
• Change the water in bird baths, pet’s water bowls and plant pots or drip trays at least once each week.
• Store boats covered or upside down.
• Level the ground around your home so water can run off.
• Fill in holes or depressions near your home that collect water.
• Fill in tree holes and hollow stumps that hold water with sand or mortar.
• Stock your ornamental water garden with mosquito eating fish (e.g., minnows, gambusia, goldfish or guppies).
• Repair screening on windows, doors, porches and patios.
For more information call Levy County Mosquito Control at 352-486-5127.