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“We should pay close attention to areas and objects around our homes that can hold water and support mosquito breeding,” said Amanda Taylor, Regional Epidemiologist.  “Birdbaths, clogged gutters, flower pots, and any other container that holds water is likely to become a breeding site if left untreated.  We highly recommend that everyone monitor the areas around their home and remove all sources of standing water in order to reduce the areas where mosquitoes can lay their eggs.”

The Aedes species of mosquitoes, currently in the news due to their association with the Zika virus, are particularly good at using common household containers as breeding locations.  These mosquitoes are small in size and dark in color, with white stripes on their legs.  Some mosquito species found in Kentucky lay eggs that can survive throughout the winter months and begin hatching as soon as the temperatures begin to warm up.  Several of these mosquitoes encountered in your yard most likely originated there.  For these reasons, it is important to reduce or eliminate potential breeding sites in and around your home.

The Wolfe County Health Department urges residents to continue their prevention efforts throughout the spring and summer seasons by using the following tips in and around your home:

* Survey property for areas of standing water, and eliminate mosquito breeding areas by removing water as it accumulates.

* Some species of mosquitoes can breed in containers of water as small as a bottle cap.  Destroy or dispose of tin cans, old tires, buckets, unused plastic swimming pools, or other containers that hold water.

* Check your yard weekly for water-filled containers, and throw away or recycle containers that are not needed.

* If empty containers must be kept, make sure to store them by covering or otherwise preventing water from accumulating inside them.

* Clean and scrub bird baths and pet watering dishes weekly, and dump water from overflow dishes under potted plants and flower pots.  Ensure that gutters are not holding water, and cover rain barrels with tight screening so that mosquitoes cannot enter.

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