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(HOUSTON) – The heavy showers we’ve had this week may help your flowers, but chances are they’ll also bring some mosquitoes.

Bart Brechter, curator of Bayou Bend Gardens and the Museum of Fine Arts says this weekend is a good time to walk your lawn and remove standing water.

“By doing so, any standing water that you can get rid of — say in a bucket — anything that’s holding water, go ahead and remove that water so mosquitoes will not have an opportunity to lay eggs and form larvae,” Brechter said.

Brechter said once you’ve removed standing water you can treat your lawn, shrubs and trees organically with a mixture of concentrated  liquid garlic. This mixture can be purchased at any garden store. All you have to is add one ounce in a gallon of water, then spray the lawn and surrounding vegetation.

The garlic smell will disappear after a couple of hours, and so will the mosquitoes.

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