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Break the mosquito cycle
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Break the mosquito cycle

Pinellas County, Florida -- Mosquitoes are on the rise in Pinellas County due to the recent rains, and that was from only one tropical storm. 

As a result, Pinellas County Mosquito Control technicians are aggressively treating known breeding areas by ground and air. Technicians have noted that many of the areas they have inspected contain standing water- the ideal breeding condition for mosquitoes. 

Pinellas County Mosquito Control is asking all citizens to do their part in reducing the mosquito population by following these simple steps:

  • Empty water from flowerpots, garbage cans, recycling containers, wheelbarrows, aluminum cans, boat tarps, old tires, and buckets; any item that can hold water.
  • Flush birdbaths and wading pools weekly
  • Flush ornamental bromeliads or treat with BTI, a biological larvicide available at home stores.  
  • Clean roof gutters, which can become clogged and hold water.
  • Change the water in outdoor pet dishes regularly.
  • Keep pools and spas chlorinated and filtered.
  • Stock ornamental ponds with mosquito-eating fish.
  • Cover rain barrels with screening.
  • Check for standing water under houses, near plumbing drains, under air conditioner drip areas, around septic tanks and heat pumps.
  • Take steps to eliminate standing water, improve drainage, and prevent future puddling. 

By taking these simple preventative measures, citizens can help reduce the number of mosquitoes in our county and minimize mosquito-borne diseases.   

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