The Lake Worth Drainage District (LWDD) does not treat its canals for mosquitos and other insects. However, there are actions homeowners can take to help keep their backyards from becoming breeding grounds. Remember two words, drain and cover.
- Drain water from garbage cans, house gutters, buckets, pool covers, coolers, toys, flowerpots or any other containers where rainwater has collected.
- Discard old tires, drums, bottles, cans, pots and pans, broken appliances and other items that are not being used.
- Empty and clean birdbaths and pet water bowls at least once to twice a week. Protect boats and vehicles from rain with tarps that don’t accumulate water.
- Maintain swimming pools in good condition and keep appropriately chlorinated. Empty plastic swimming pools when not in use.
- Remove vegetation or obstructions in drainage ditches that prevent the flow of water.
- Wear shoes, socks, long pants and long-sleeves. This type of protection may be necessary for people working in areas where mosquitoes are present.
- Apply mosquito repellent to bare skin and clothing according to manufacturer’s directions.
- Cover doors and windows with screens and repair broken screening on windows, doors, porches, and patios.
- Use mosquito netting to protect children younger than 2 months old.
For more information or to report mosquito activity in your neighborhood visit Palm Beach County Mosquito Control at https://discover.pbcgov.org/erm/pages/mosquito-control.aspx.