YORKTOWN, Va. (WVEC) -- York County is helping residents do something about those mosquitoes.

Next week is Mosquito Awareness Week, and York County's mosquito control team will be hard at work. They will be educating the public all week and holding an event to help everyone get rid of a hugely popular breeding ground, -tires.

"A lot of times the water in these tires are really nasty and dirty, but they do collect a lot of leaves and organic matter which is what the mosquito larvae will eat," said Betsy Hodson, the Operations Superintendent at York County Mosquito Control.

A mix of temperature, standing water, and protection from predators makes tires attractive.

"They're very clever because they know to go back to these containers," said Hodson. "We just want to get the ones we know are disease-carrying and the ones around people."

To help control the population, Hodson's team will hold a tire collection event for York County residents.

"Tires are expensive, so they'll keep them in their yards hopefully they'll use them again," she said.

The tires will be recycled into different things, from sports fields to playgrounds.

The collection will be at the Public Works Complex at 105 Service Drive, Yorktown on Saturday, June 23 from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

You must be a resident of York County and you are limited up to 5 tires per resident.

For more info, click here.

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