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Mosquito control

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Updated: 6/05/2003 12:43 pm
There are about 150 different species of mosquitos in the U.S., and they all have one thing in common: they want to drink your blood. A single female can lay several hundred eggs at a time, and most varieties will mature within two weeks. This produces a lot of mosquitos in a short time. The best way of keeping mosquito populations down is to prevent them from breeding. The first step is to find the places where they like to lay eggs. This means any standing water: puddles, ponds, pet dishes, sewers even a discarded can where water has collected in the bottom. The safest and environmentally sound method for treating these areas, aside from simply draining them, is by using mosquito dunks. These are not poisons, but rather bacteria that eat the mosquito larva as soon as the egg hatches. They're not harmful to animals or people. Contact a professional pest control service to help you locate, remove or treat standing water around your home. If, on the other hand, you already have a large mosqito population, an expert can recommend sprays that will kill them without environmental dangers.

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