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Health officials warning Oklahomans about mosquitoes

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OKLAHOMA CITY - With the continued rainfall across the Sooner State, many homeowners are worried about flooding.

However, the water is also causing concern for health officials in Oklahoma.

Authorities say the more standing water that is found around homes and business, the more breeding grounds there are for mosquitoes.

In Oklahoma, mosquito season is typically from May to November.

The Oklahoma City-County Health Department is warning residents to drain as much standing water as possible and always use insect repellent containing DEET.

Officials also say you should stay indoors at dusk and dawn when mosquitoes are most prevalent.

Also, dress in long sleeves and pants when possible.

The health department released the following checklist to reduce the number of mosquitoes near you:

  • Dispose of tin cans, old tires, bottles, jars, buckets, drums, ceramic pots and other containers, or make sure they do not contain standing water.
  • Clear clogged gutters and/or slope to downspouts.
  • Drain improperly installed and sagging swimming pool covers.
  • Change the water in birdbaths at least twice a week.
  • Clean and chlorinate swimming pools, outdoor spas, saunas and hot tubs. If not in use, keep them empty and covered.
  • Change water and scrub containers/vases holding outdoor plants twice weekly.
  • Empty your pet's water pan daily.
  • Repair leaky pipes and faucets.
  • Screen or cover rain barrels and openings to water tanks.
  • Eliminate weeds, tall grass and other mosquito breeding places.
  • Use larvicide where standing water cannot be removed.
  • Stock ornamental ponds with mosquito-eating fish.
  • Remind neighbors to eliminate breeding sites on their property.
  • Make sure doors and windows have tight-fitting screens in good repair.

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