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Don’t let mosquitoes take over your rain barrel!

Rain barrels are beneficial; however it comes with the potential for a mosquito breeding ground.

When collecting rain water in a barrel system it can sit stagnant for days before you collect enough to use. These conditions are perfect for mosquitoes to lay their eggs in.

For covered barrels, make sure the connection from the downspout to the barrel is well-sealed. Mosquitoes often lay eggs in water-soaked leaf debris. Clean roof gutters regularly to prevent the eggs from entering the barrel.

When collecting rain water in a barrel system it can sit stagnant for days before you collect enough to use. These conditions are perfect for mosquitoes to lay their eggs in.