Fight the Bite to Prevent the Spread
Rid the wigglers - lose the larvae
Practice good "mosquito hygiene" around your home.
- Remove standing water in old tires, buckets, drums, or any other containers.
- Check clogged gutters and flat roofs that may have poor drainage.
- Cover barrels and trash containers tightly with a lid or with 16-mesh screen.
- Empty plastic wading pools at least once a week. Store them indoors when not in use.
- Store boats covered or upside down.
- Level the ground around your home so water can run off. (Check with your local ordinances before changing the face of your property in any way).
- Fill in holes or depressions near your home that collect water.
- Many types of plants and trees can hold water, such as bromeliads. Since removing the water is difficult from vegetation, treat with products containing the bacteria Bacillus
thuringiensis, var. israelensis. For more information on bromeliads and mosquitoes, click here.
- Fill in tree holes and hollow stumps that hold water.
- Stock your ornamental water garden with mosquito-eating fish (e.g. minnows,
Gambusia spp., goldfish, or guppies).
- Repair screening on windows, doors, porches, and patios.
Some mosquito control methods do not do a very good job. For example, bug zappers
do not work well to control biting mosquitos since they do not emit carbon dioxide.
Various birds and bats will eat mosquitos, but there is little evidence that
this cuts down on the number of mosquitos around homes. Electronic mosquito
repelling devices don't stop mosquitos biting people either.