Mosquito prevention begins in your backyard

TIPPECANOE CO., Ind. (WLFI) – Mosquitoes are a common summer nuisance, and the recent wet weather is increasing their numbers.

Purdue entomologist Tom Turpin said you could be adding to their population, without even knowing it.

“You can actually have a breeding site for mosquitoes right out your back door,” said Turpin.

Preventing these pesky insects begins in your backyard.

“Prevention begins at home,” said Craig Rich, with the Tippecanoe County Health Department. “Bird Baths, gutters, any containers, that’s what mosquitoes like to breed in.”

Rich said standing water in something as small a watering can is a breeding ground for mosquitoes, but preventing the problem is simple. Just by dumping the water, you can prevent thousands of mosquitoes from hatching.

“They need very little water,” said Rich. “As long as the water is there for a week and they can move around in it, it does not take long at all for a mosquito to develop.”

There’s more you can do to keep the bugs at bay. Bug sprays with DEET also repel mosquitoes and can lower the chance of getting West Nile Virus.

“Protect yourself,” Turpin said. “Make sure you’ve got the repellent on.”

Turpin said following these steps will not only keep you from being bitten, it will keep you and your family stay a little bit safer this summer.

“Literally, one little bite could easily result in the transmission of a disease,” said Turpin.

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