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Help stop mosquitos! - We know this is a desert with very few rains and thus we should not have a mosquito problem. However, we have learned that our septic tanks, plumbing/sink water traps, as well as our toilets, can encourage the lifecycle of mosquitos, including the Aedes Aegypti mosquito that carries the Dengue and Zika viruses. When we do have rains, the following also encourages mosquito lifecycles: boats holding small amounts of water, waterfall features, swimming pools, bird watering devices, construction water barrels, old tires, pails, empty garden pots, and virtually anything else that holds stagnant water.
Suggestions to minimize the spread of mosquitos and the potential for Dengue and Zika viruses, before leaving town:
- Add some mineral oil to all sink pipes and toilets
- Cover toilets with saran wrap to seal them from evaporation
- Turn all buckets upside down
- Cover pools, boats and bird baths
- Check your septic tank for cracks and repair them
- Cover your septic tank vent with a double layer of screen with a 1cm gap and house “stink” pipes with a similar double layer metal screen to prevent easy access to and from the septic tank. More info.
Now for advanced ways I have developed a “one-way” mosquito trap. It can be adapted to “stink” pipes as well as septic vents vs. just screening them off with double screens. I have on my website a DIY video in English, Spanish, and French that can be adapted to septic systems. www.mosquitosWithoutBorders.com
. If you have any questions please contact me directly at email@example.com