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Backyard barbecue

Fri, Apr 16th, 2010
Posted in Home & Garden

Few things exude the spirit of summer more than a backyard barbecue. Casual attire is expected, and the a good time is had by all.

One thing that can ruin even the best barbecue, however, is the uninvited guest with a big appetite. And it's not Uncle Frank. Mosquitoes might not ask for a third or fourth hamburger, but they do tend to feast whenever they get the chance. At best, mosquitoes are annoying and pesky. At worst, mosquitoes pose a serious health risk to adults and pets, as mosquitoes can carry viruses that result in illness.

But mosquitoes don't have to ruin your outdoor plans this summer. Instead, taking a proactive approach before the summer season starts can help reduce the risk of mosquitoes dropping by your next barbecue. The following methods can make your yard less attractive to hungry mosquitoes, ensuring Uncle Frank will be the only one filling up at the next barbecue.

* Destroy or dispose of tin cans, old tires, buckets and similar water-holding containers.

* Drill holes in the bottom of recycling containers that are left outside and cover trash containers to keep out rainwater.

* Clean clogged roof gutters on an annual basis.

* Change water every week in birdbaths and wading pools.

* Aerate ornamental pools or stock them with fish.

* Clean and chlorinate swimming pools that are not being used.

* Check for trapped water in plastic or canvas tarps and arrange them so they drain properly.

* Clean animal troughs weekly.

* Irrigate lawns and gardens carefully to prevent water from standing for several days.

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