Best Practices to Prevent Mosquito Breeding
- Clean your gutters so that water runs freely
- Repair screens and windows to keep mosquitoes out of your home.
- Dispose of old tires, which can breed thousands of mosquitoes.
- Tip/empty outdoor containers that hold water - e.g. pots, buckets, children's toys.
- Change water in outdoor pet bowls and bird baths weekly.
- Cover unused swimming pools and cement ponds.
Protect Yourself / Your Family From Mosquito Bites by...
- Using appropriate chemical repellents. Those containing DEET, Picaridin, or Oil of lemon eucalyptus work best.
- Wearing long-sleeved shirts and pant and treating clothing and gear
- Checking your property for areas of standing water which may invite mosquito breeding and remove them where applicable/possible
- Avoid being outside in the evening and early morning hours when mosquitoes are most active.
- Avoiding shaded, humid areas with little or no breeze
- Avoiding tall grasses and weeds.
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.|
For more information on preventing mosquito bites and mosquito virus activity in our state, please visit the following web pages:
- Center for Disease Control Mosquito Prevention Reference Guide
- CT DPH West Nile Virus Activity Map
- CT DPH Eastern Quine Encephalitis (EEE) Activity Map
To view updates on mosquitoes and EEE in New England, please click on the web resources below: