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Mosquito protection for your home this summer

The Metropolitan Mosquito Control District expects mosquitoes to start popping up by the end of the week.

It's a beautiful day and that means the unofficial state bug will be out flying around again.

Laura Neuenschewander of Hudson is looking forward to warmer temps.

"It's been a long winter," she said. "But then we get hit with those mosquitoes that come at that same time as well."

The Metropolitan Mosquito Control District says we should start seeing those pests by the end of the week.

"Mosquitoes are going to start getting active," said Joe Helgeson with American Pest Solutions.

He says you should be looking for anything that might hold standing water around your home. That would be old buckets, cans, birdbaths, gutters and old waste

"Areas where you could have more moisture potential," said Helgeson.

Make sure you have good drainage. Clean out culverts and make sure water isn't pooling for long periods of time in your yard. He says it's also important to keep grass low. Mosquitoes like tall grass for protection. 

"Environmental factors are going to really affect what you might have around," said Helgeson.

He says if you want to apply chemical treatment, always carefully read the label to avoid environmental harm. Sometimes it's best to seek professional help in that case.