Uncovered tires provide breeding grounds for mosquitoes

Rainwater, standing water, and even unmaintained pool water are the usual suspects for mosquito breeding grounds.

Florida Health Department officials want residents to be aware of the not-so-usual suspects as well.

Anything that can hold water is a threat, with uncovered tires being one of the most common issues.

"The shape of the tire traps water when it rains and creates a shaded environment, so they are a significant known breeding source for mosquitoes," said Environmental Health Director, Anthony

"By law, any condition capable of breeding mosquitoes is considered a sanitary nuisance that we investigate and has to be abated."

Mosquito-bourne illnesses are also a big concern this time of year.

Just last week, UF researchers announced the discovery of a mosquito-borne illness, the Keystone Virus, surfacing in humans for the first time.

Other places to think about include toys, plants, pots, boat covers, and gutters.