Adults eating dinners in backyard

Homeowner Tips

Mosquito control can often be a community effort. Residents are encouraged to look after their own property and remove standing water, especially after a rain event. The best way to eliminate mosquitoes is to get rid of their breeding habitats. Mosquitoes look for any standing water to lay their eggs and backyards have a variety of sites where they can flourish. Some common breeding locations found in backyards are:

  • Ornamental Ponds
  • Old Tires
  • Tree Holes
  • Neglected Swimming Pools
  • Bird Baths
  • Tarps and Containers
  • Clogged Rain Gutters
  • Rain Barrels
  • Open Trash Bins
  • Buckets and Barrels

Practice the three D’s

  • Drain any standing water that may produce mosquitoes.
  • Dress when you can in light colored, loose fitting, long sleeved clothing.
  • Defend yourself by using a mosquito repellent. Look for products containing DEET, picaridin or oil of lemon eucalyptus.