Remove standing water where mosquitoes could lay eggs
The CDC offers the following tips for Mosquito Control at home; Once a week, empty and scrub, turn over, cover, or throw out any items that hold water like tires, buckets, planters, toys, pools, birdbaths, flowerpot saucers, or trash containers.
Tightly cover water storage containers (buckets, cisterns, rain barrels) so that mosquitoes cannot get inside to lay eggs.
For containers without lids, use wire mesh with holes smaller than an adult mosquito.
Use larvicides for mosquito control to treat large containers of water that will not be used for drinking and cannot be covered or dumped out.
If you have a septic tank, repair cracks or gaps. Cover open vent or plumbing pipes. Use wire mesh with holes smaller than an adult mosquito.
Mosquitoes rest in dark, humid areas like under patio furniture, or under the carport or garage.
Keep mosquitoes out
Help with mosquito control by Installing or repairing window and door screens. Do not leave doors propped open.
Using air conditioning when possible will also increase mosquito control.
Mosquitoes rest in dark, humid places like under the sink, in closets, under furniture, or in the laundry room.
Use insect repellent for personal Mosquito Control
Use an Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)-registered insect repellent with one of the following active ingredients. When used as directed, EPA-registered insect repellents are proven safe and effective, even for pregnant and breastfeeding women.
Active ingredient – Higher percentages of active ingredient provide longer protection
DEET – Off!, Cutter, Sawyer, Ultrathon
Picaridin – Cutter Advanced, Skin So Soft Bug Guard Plus
Oil of lemon eucalyptus (OLE) or para-menthane-diol (PMD) – Repel
IR3535 – Skin So Soft Bug Guard Plus Expedition, SkinSmart
*Insect repellent brand names are provided for your information only. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services cannot recommend or endorse any name brand products.