Mosquitoes that transmit Zika and Dengue fever only need a small amount of water to lay their eggs. Clearing your yard of items that can collect and hold water is the first step to warding off mosquitoes.
Containers where rainwater can collect, such as bird baths, flower pots, pool covers and old tires, need to be dumped daily or put away. Collier County residents can get rid of unwanted tires free through the curbside collection program.
Each month, residents may place up to four standard vehicle tires with an outer diameter up to 33 inches, with or without rims, curbside for free collection on their recycling collection day.
Residents must call Collier County’s Solid Waste Customer Service at (239) 252-2380 at least 48 hours before their recycling collection day to schedule a pickup of the tires. Tires placed curbside without a scheduled collection may result in a fine.
Last month, more than 300 residents participated in the Waste Tire Amnesty Day, collecting 15,000 tires during Mosquito Awareness Month.
For more information, contact Recycling Coordinator Margie Hapke at (239) 252-2679.