Tips for Mosquito Control
Tips for Mosquito Control Around the Home
to Reduce the Population of Mosquitoes Around your Home:
- Eliminate all stagnant water on your property.
- Remove all discarded tires.
- Change the water in birdbaths every few days.
- Dispose of tin cans, plastic containers, ceramic pots and
other water-holding containers that are outside; or turn them
upside down when not in use.
- Clean clogged roof gutters.
- Clean and chlorinate swimming pools that are not being
- Drain water from pool covers.
- Turn over plastic wading pools, wheelbarrows, and buckets
when not in use.
- Aerate ornamental pools, or stock them with fish.
- Use landscaping to eliminate standing water which lasts more
than 4 days after a rain.
- Eliminate standing water from crawl spaces and
- Contact your county mosquito control agency for further
information about mosquito control on or off your property.
Tips for Personal Protection Against Mosquitoes
to Reduce Your Risk of Mosquito Bites:
- Make sure that window and door screens are in good
- Limit outdoor activities at dawn, dusk and in the early
evening, when possible.
- Wear long-sleeved shirts and long pants whenever you are
outdoors, weather permitting.
- Apply an insect repellent to exposed skin, taking care to
follow all Directions For Use on the product label.
- Do not use products which contain over 35% DEET,
particularly on children.
- Repellents should not be applied to children less than 3
- When applying DEET to a child, apply to your hands and then
put it on the child.
- Clothing may be sprayed with repellents containing
permethrin or DEET, but some fabrics may be damaged.
- Wash all treated skin and clothing when returning
- Electromagnetic and ultrasound devices and Vitamin B are not
effective in preventing mosquito bites.