Have You Thought About This?

Many residents of the Animas Valley are unaware of the multitude of mosquito habitats they may be producing on their own property. Here are some ways you can take responsibility for eliminating mosquito habitat in your own yard.

Cover, Store, or Turn Buckets, Containers Upside Down

Open, uncovered containers along with old empty tires are the most common mosquito producers in residents yards in our district. Store buckets, wheelbarrows, and other potential water-collectors under cover or turn them upside down.

Dispose Of or Cover Old Tires

Just the small amount of water collected in an old tire is responsible for many of the mosquitoes that residents of our district contend with. Since they can’t be turned over, they must be removed or placed under cover where rain and sprinkler irrigation cannot accumulate inside.

Check Pool Covers and Tarps

Any depression in a tarp or cover can collect water from sprinkler systems or rainfall. Check tarps covering boats, vehicles, woodpiles, etc. to make sure you are not producing mosquito breeding habitat, keeping them stretched tight so that they are not accumulating pools of water.

Drain and Clean Livestock Water Tanks

Under ideal conditions mosquitoes can reproduce in 4 to 7 days, draining and cleaning your livestock tanks twice a week will prevent the production of the enormous amount of mosquito larvae that a water tank is capable of growing.

Monitor Ornamental Ponds, Bird Baths, Kiddie Pools, Etc.

Often times because a resident is not personally filling or using their bird bath, kiddie pool, or ornamental pond, they are unaware of rainfall or sprinklers filling them and the mosquito habitat they are hosting in their own yard, so take a look!

Cover or Turn Over Vehicles, Boats, and Canoes

Every year we find thousand of mosquito larvae in uncovered canoes, boats and even ornamental ore cards in residents yards. Take a look around your property and cover or turn over anything that you can, which may hold water and produce mosquito larvae.