Spring into Action to Prevent Mosquitoes
Spring is here, and so are the mosquitoes. Here are a few simple steps you can take this spring to prevent mosquito problems on your property and reduce your risk of mosquito-borne illnesses like West Nile virus.
If you'll be saving rainwater to use later, remember that your rain barrel or other containers need to be screened, tightly covered, or completely emptied at least once per week. If you don't have a rain barrel yet, consider choosing one that comes already mosquito-proofed. The Bay Area Water Supply & Conservation Agency (BAWSCA) will even give you a $100 rebate toward the purchase of an approved rain barrel
As we move into the dry season, avoid over-watering your lawn or garden. Check your yard for anywhere water may collect after watering or when sprinklers are on, including plant saucers, buckets or other containers, and folds in tarps or barbecue covers. Plan to move these containers away from areas that are watered, or empty them out at least once a week.
If your yard has a fountain, ornamental pond, water garden, or other water feature, make sure water is fully circulating. If you think mosquito larvae may develop, consider requesting a few mosquito fish
. They're compatible with most other pond fish, and don't require any special care - you don't even need to feed them!
Need help checking your yard for mosquito problems? Give us a call at (650) 344-8592 or visit www.smcmvcd.org/help
to request a free inspection.