Mosquito Control for Homeowners



 Avoid Mosquito Bites

  1. Mosquitoes are most active in the evening and early morning hours.
  2. Avoid shaded, humid areas with little or no breeze.
  3. Avoid tall grasses/weeds.
  4. Wear light-colored, loose fitting clothing--long sleeves and long pants.
  5. Use appropriate chemical repellents. Those containing one of the following work best.
    • DEET
    • Picaridin
    • Oil of lemon eucalyptus


    Eliminate Breeding Sites

Potential Breeding Sites Examples Solution
Swimming Pools Abandoned Properly fill or tear down.
Active Maintain sanitizers and filters
Wading/children Empty after each use and store upside down
Containers Old tires, pet bowls, buckets, flower pot saucers, bottles, cans, tire swings, garbage cans/lids, rain barrels/basins Keep empty, remove or cover
Any area where water can collect in a stagnant situation Ditches Clear debris and keep drained.
Low areas/ruts Fill with dirt and reseed.
Bird baths Empty frequently.
Fountains Maintain water circulation
Ornamental water garden Stock with mosquito-eating fish
Ponds, creeks, lakes Minimize plant growth and maintain water circulation
Boats Store covered or upside down.
Leaking water spigots Repair leaks, maintain spigots.
Clogged gutters Clean and maintain regularly
Tree rot holes, hollow stumps Fill hole or remove tree/stump.
Catch basins Use mosquito dunks.