Remove where mosquitoes live and breed by eliminating standing water around your home. Even the smallest of containers that collect water can breed hundreds to thousands of mosquitoes. Mosquitoes do not need much water to lay their eggs. It is important to eliminate water in rain gutters, old tires, buckets, plastic covers, toys, or any other container where mosquitoes can breed.
Empty and change the water in bird baths, fountains, wading pools, rain barrels, and potted plant trays at least once a week to destroy potential mosquito habitats.
Drill holes in the bottom of recycling containers.
Prevent garbage can lids from collecting water.
Clean roof gutters of debris.
Clean pet water dishes regularly.
Check and empty children’s toys.
Repair leaky outdoor faucets.
Drain or fill temporary pools of water with dirt.
Keep swimming pool water treated and circulating. Avoid water collecting on pool covers.
Prevent your exposure to mosquitoes by using EPA approved mosquito repellents when necessary and follow label directions and precautions closely.
Wear long sleeves and long pants if you venture into areas with high mosquito populations.
If there is a mosquito-borne disease warning in effect, stay inside during the evening when mosquitoes are active.
Make sure window and door screens are “bug tight”.
Canoes and other boats should be turned over.
Empty water collected in tarps around the yard or on woodpiles.