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HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) – We look forward to the beautiful weather that comes with the season change — but not the mosquitoes that comes with it.

Vector Control officials in Huntsville said the best way to protect your homes from the pests is to dump any standing water from backyard items like tires, wheel barrows and children’s toys.

“Just a teaspoon of water can breed hundreds of mosquitoes,” Cheryl Clay, Vector Control Supervisor, said.

In the Tennessee Valley, we are at risk of viruses like West Nile, Encephalitis and Chikungunya. Unfortunately, the Asian Tiger Mosquitoes make their way to this area. They carry the Chikungunya virus, and no one wants to contract that.

“It does not have a vaccine for it, it’s rarely ever fatal, but it does cause severe joint pain and fever.”

Above all, the Madison County Health Department also said the easiest way to control mosquitoes is to dump any excess water around your property.