Palo Alto Weekly

Real Estate - July 27, 2012

How to prevent mosquitoes from nesting in your yard

* Cover containers (so mosquitoes cannot enter to lay eggs)

* Remove excess vegetation

* Change outdoor pet bowls and bird baths regularly

* Destroy or dispose of tin cans, old tires, buckets, plastic sheeting or other containers that collect and hold water

* Fill or drain puddles, ditches and swampy areas

* Remove, drain or fill tree holes and stumps with mortar

* Eliminate seepage from cisterns, cesspools and septic tanks

* Take care not to over-irrigate lawns.

To obtain mosquito fish and assistance, residents can call the district at 408-914-4770/800-675-1155 or enter a request for services at www.sccgov.org (search for "mosquito abatement").

— Helen Carefoot

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