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Standing water haven for mosquitoes

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The Vector Department is ready to spray when the season gets bad. The Vector Department is ready to spray when the season gets bad.

Huntsville's Vector Control Department is reminding people to dump out bird baths, buckets, tarps, toys, and pretty much anything that could hold standing water. They said now is the prime time for mosquitoes to breed, and they love water.

The Vector Department is ready to spray when the season gets bad, but they're asking for your help in preventing the bugs from ever being born.
"The best way to protect yourself from mosquitoes is the actions you do yourself by making sure you're not breeding them in your yard," said Cheryl Clay, Public Health Environmentalist with Vector Control.
Clay said a gallon bucket filled with water would be the perfect breeding ground for thousands of mosquitoes. It only takes a week for most mosquito species to mature.
If you have something like a bird bath or fountain that you can't empty, there are tablets called mosquito dunks that will prevent the insects from maturing. You can find those at almost any hardware store.
As the season progresses, Vector Control trucks will have more of a presence.

Clay said every truck has a GPS to let the driver know where they have sprayed and if they missed a street.

You can also find out just how often your street is being sprayed. The department just launched their website and it has a tracker on it that lets you type in your address to see the last time the Vector Control truck came by.

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