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Mosquitoes breed in standing water so allowing standing water to gather around your home allows these pests to thrive. Some ways to prevent this include:
• Do not allow water to accumulate in the saucers of flowerpots, cemetery urns or in pet dishes for more than 2 days
• Clean debris from rain gutters and remove any standing water under or around structures, or on flat roofs
• Check around faucets and air conditioner units and repair leaks or eliminate puddles that remain for several days
• Change the water in birdbaths and wading pools at least once a week
• Stock ornamental pools with top feeding predacious minnows to consume mosquito larvae and pupae