The Texas Department of State Health Services would like to remind those in east Texas that mosquitos thrive in wet spaces and they have a few tips to help prevent Zika-carrying mosquitos from breeding in your area.

Mosquitos that carry the Zika virus can breed in as little as one tablespoon of water and that is why it is imperative to rid your home of any standing water, especially after a rain storm.

Here are a few common places where standing water can accumulate:

  • Gutters
  • Pet water bowls
  • Toys left outside
  • Kiddie pools
  • Spare tires and tire swings
  • Plant pots and saucers
  • Watering cans
  • Bird Baths
  • Areas around outdoor faucets

Make sure to keep dumping out any standing water at least every couple days to prevent mosquitos from utilizing those spaces as breeding grounds.

If you have a pond or another area of water that is too big to drain on or around your property, use a commercially avaiable larvicide to prevent mosquitos from maturing into biting adults.

It is also important to apply EPA-approved insect repellant and using screens on windows and doors can help protect those in east Texas from mosquitos bites and help to prevent the spread of Zika.

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