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Wednesday
May262010

Are mosquitos a problem in my water tank?

To prevent mosquito breeding and contamination of your water tank, it’s vital guttering and pipework should be self-draining or fitted with drainage points. Water should not be allowed to pool under the overflow outlet or tap of the tank as these can become mosquito breeding sites.

The tank should be a sealed unit ideally with a lid preventing sunlight from reaching the water. Sunlight encourages the growth of algae that may taint the water. A good tank design prohibits vermin from entering the tank by ensuring all the inlets are covered with screening too small to allow them in, however holes and spaces created by you after or during installation could allow mosquitoes to enter, so be careful.

The inlet should incorporate a mesh cover and a strainer to keep leaves and to prevent the access of mosquitoes and other insects. The overflow can also be covered with an insect proof cover such as plastic insect mesh wired around the pipe.

 

 

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