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9. Beautiful Birdbath Is a Mosquito Magnet

"I fell for a hand-hammered copper birdbath at a museum gift shop, and it created a focal point for our yard. When summer temperatures hit, though, it turned into a funky mosquito incubator."

How to cope: Empty it twice a week and throw out the future biters with the bath-water. Can't be bothered? Add a weekly dose of a bird-friendly larval-control agent, like Microbe-Lift BMC.

Next time: Turn it into a gurgling fountain with a recirculating pump to discourage mosquitoes and attract more birds—they'll churn up the water even more.
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