Preventing Mosquitoes


Stockpiles of illegally dumped or stored tires collect rainwater and provide a breeding ground for mosquitoes that transmit illnesses. You should always drain and recycle waste tires stored at home to avoid mosquitoes.

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Tires must be stored in a way that prevents mosquitoes from breeding. Inspect the casings - particularly if tires are stored unprotected outdoors - for water. If found, empty the water. If you found mosquito larvae, consider storing the tires indoors or in another area protected from rainfall. Arrange to have them picked up and recycled as soon as possible. In some cases, it may be necessary to spray for mosquitoes until the tires are removed for recycling. Always follow the directions for pesticide application. Clemson University's Department of Pesticide Regulation provides information on chemicals, application, licensing and more here .