Keeping Mosquitoes at Bay
A female mosquito typically lays several broods of eggs, and she needs only a thimbleful of water. Here are some non-chemical approaches to managing the mosquitoes in your yard.
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The yearly battle against mosquitoes in the yard begins with getting rid of likely breeding areas. First, of course, you'll want to be vigilant about eliminating —or treating —any standing water, no matter how little there is. That means plastic toys, saucers under containers, old tarps that might be lying around. And that also means keeping weedy areas under control and the lawn mowed, since mosquitoes can also lay eggs in foliage that traps water. Other tips:
The downside, of course, is that mosquitoes can breed in the smallest amounts of water, so after you've done all you can to eliminate the obvious breeding grounds, you still could be inundated with these pesky critters, which are a worrisome health risk, especially if the West Nile virus has been identified in your area. Here are some other things you can do: