Kirk Tubbs with the Twin Falls County Pest Abatement District has some simple tips that you can do to help reduce the mosquito population.

Following the recent confirmation of West Nile being found in Twin Falls County mosquitoes, we wanted to recap some things you can do to help keep the mosquito population at bay.

Did you know that most mosquitoes will travel less than a mile from where they hatch?

Probably the most important thing to remember is:  Water + 7 Days = Mosquito. It takes mosquitoes 7 days to hatch in standing water. With this in mind, one of the most important things you can do is eliminate standing water. So check any containers around your house that hold water on a regular basis. Things like wading pools, rain barrels, watering troughs and bird baths a breeding ground for mosquitoes. And if you have standing water like a pond or trough, get some gold fish. They'll eat up the larva before they have a chance to develop and fly away.

When you're outside, consider an insect repellent with DEET. DEET is considered by many to be the most effective repellent currently available.

Check out the Twin Falls Pest Abatement District Website for more tips and a list of products that can help minimize mosquitoes.

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