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Summertime fun can turn uncomfortable with mosquitoes around. The mosquitoes that transmit Zika and Dengue fever only need a small amount of water to lay their eggs, so clearing your yard of free standing water will make for a much better summer.
Any containers where rainwater can collect, such as buckets, plastic covers, flower pots, and even old tires, need to be dumped out or need to go. Yes, that old tire is an almost perfect mosquito breeding ground as it collects water and incubates eggs.
There are many ways residents living in unincorporated Palm Beach County can get rid of their unwanted old tires.
A single mosquito that carries Zika can lay 100 to 300 eggs at a time, but she needs standing water to do so. Then it takes only 7 days, during warm weather, for eggs to mature into adults. Eliminating that standing water around your home can reduce your exposure to mosquitoes and the diseases they carry.
Other mosquito and Zika virus information can be found online: