Clean out the birdbath, change the water in your fountains, drain your rainspouts, and fill in areas where standing water can collect. Do your part to help control mosquitoes.
The City of Roseville reminds you that not only can mosquitoes cause a lot of itching; they can harm you, your pets and birds and other wildlife. Mosquitoes can also spread diseases, including the West Nile Virus.
Roseville urges you to help remove mosquito breeding grounds. Mosquitoes can breed in a few teaspoons of water, and they need water to complete their life cycle. A mosquito can lay more than 200 eggs at a time, and eggs can survive for up to five years.
The Metropolitan Mosquito Control District (MMCD) recommends that you dump the water out of your birdbath at least once a week. Mosquitoes develop in about 7 to 10 days. Add a natural soil bacterium “Bti” to your ornamental ponds or fountains. This will naturally prevent mosquito larvae from developing into adults. Bti is available at most home and garden stores.
They also recommend getting rid of old tires that collect rainwater. They can make an ideal breeding ground for mosquitoes. MMCD will take your old tires that are off the rim. Call 651-645-9149 for this free service. Contact MMCD at www.mmcd.org for additional information about mosquito control.