Neglected and dirty kids swimming pool in yard

Prevent mosquitoes around your yard with these simple tips

MMAD actions alone are not enough – we need your help to “Fight the Bite”! Eliminate or treat standing water around your home where mosquitoes breed.

  • Clogged drain grates create a breeding ground for mosquitoes
  • Rain barrels collect water and debris making a great habitat for mosquitoes
  • Children's toys collecting water and dirt that helps mosquitoes breed
  • Potted plant saucer collecting water and attracting mosquitoes
  • Old Tires
  • Neglected and dirty kids swimming pool in yard
  • Empty Water from Tarps
    Once a week, empty water that collects in folds of tarps used to cover woodpiles, boats, etc.
  • Clean Bird Baths
    Once a week, clean bird baths and change the water.
  • Recycle Old Tires
    Tires provide the perfect nursery for mosquitoes by holding stagnant water. Recycle old tires or drill drainage holes to ensure water does not accumulate inside.
  • Position Drain Pipes Effectively
    Make sure all corrugated drain pipes and storm drains are positioned to ensure proper drainage or dump out the water once a week.
  • Maintain Ornamental Ponds
    Filter or aerate ornamental ponds using a circulation pump, or stock the pond with fish to keep mosquitoes from breeding.
  • Clean Roof Gutters
    As necessary, clear leaves and other debris from roof gutters to keep water from accumulating and mosquitoes from breeding.
  • Tip & Toss Water
    Every week, tip and toss water from free-standing containers such as flowerpot saucers, watering cans and buckets to keep mosquitoes from breeding.
  • Maintain Swimming Pools & Toys
    Each week, empty water, remove debris, and clean out swimming pools and toys such as sandboxes and plastic children’s toys that collect water.
  • Cover Rain Barrels
    Make sure rain barrels are securely covered and free of debris.