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What You Can Do to Control Mosquitos

An important part of mosquito control around homes is making sure that mosquitoes don’t have a place to lay their eggs. Because mosquitoes need water for two stages of their life cycle, it is important to monitor standing water sources.

  • Be sure to clean out your gutters every year to prevent debris from causing standing water.
  • Any containers that may create a breeding ground for mosquitoes should be eliminated. For example – old tires, buckets, plastic containers, and toys.
  • Empty and change the water in bird baths, fountains, wading pools, rain barrels, and potted plant trays at least once a week to eliminate potential mosquito habitat.
  • Drain temporary pools of water or fill them in with dirt.
  • Keep swimming pool water treated and circulating.
  • Leaky outdoor water faucets can also cause puddles in which mosquitoes can breed.
  • Uncovered refuse containers and junk piles can cause water to accumulate.
  • Clean up leaf litter, but don’t rake it into gutters, or storm drains, or the street. Doing so may cause water to stop flowing and create ponds where mosquitoes may lay eggs.