What to Know: Tips to Prevent Mosquito Breeding Sites After Rainy Weather
By Susan Schrock, Office of Communication
Posted on June 09, 2021, June 09, 2021

Empty standing water to prevent mosquito breeding sites.

Rainfall this season may be great for lawns and landscapes, but standing water left in your yard could turn into potential mosquito breeding sites.

Mosquitoes may develop in any water stagnant for more than three or four days. In an effort to prevent mosquito-borne illnesses such as West Nile Virus, residents are encouraged to:

• Empty excess water from flower pots
• Keep rain gutters clean and free of obstruction
• Tightly cover rain barrels to prevent mosquitoes from laying eggs
• Remove old tires, tin cans, buckets, glass jars, toys or other water-catching items
• Change the water in outdoor pet dishes and replace the water in bird baths weekly or with more frequency
• Turn over wading pools and wheelbarrows when not in use
• Drill holes in tire swings so the water drains out
• Add landscaping to eliminate standing water that collects on your property

Download the City's free Ask Arlington app today to report standing water or mosquito infestations on private property.

Click here to learn more facts about West Nile Virus and other mosquito borne illness and how to prevent mosquito breeding sites.

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