Here are some things you can do around your house to prevent mosquitoes from breeding. Start by getting rid of places where mosquitoes can breed, such as:
In Standing Water
- Don't allow any outside water to stand for more than four days.
- Cover rainwater barrels with mesh or screen.
- Drill holes in the bottom of any unused containers so water can't collect.
- Remove or drain any standing water from birdbaths, discarded tires, flowerpots (check the dish underneath the flowerpot), wheelbarrows, barrels, tin cans that are left outdoors.
- Keep decorative fountains operational or drain the water. Check fountains after rain and at least twice a week.
- Change water in animal watering dishes at least twice a week.
Swimming or Wading Pools
- Immediately remove any water that collects on pool covers.
- Make sure the pool's pump is circulating water properly.
- Turn over wading pools when not in use.
- Don't leave out children's toys, cups, etc.
In Your Eaves & Drains
- Clear leaves and twigs from eaves, troughs, storm and roof gutters.
- Make sure that drainage ditches are not clogged.
- Check flat roofs frequently for any standing water.
Around Your Yard & Lawn
- Fill in any low depression areas in lawns.
- Check knots in trees.
- Repair leaky pipes and outside faucets and remove air conditioner drain hoses frequently.
- Remove areas such as dense shrubbery where mosquitoes breed and rest.
- Let your neighbors know about potential mosquito breeding grounds on their property.
Try to Keep Mosquitoes Out of the House
- Make certain that door and window screens fit tightly and do not have holes.
- If there are no screens, keep doors and windows closed from evening to dawn.
Personal Protection From Mosquitoes
- Stay indoors from dusk to dawn when mosquitoes are most active. If you need to be outdoors during this period, cover up and use insect repellent for extra protection.
- If you like to work in your garden, avoid early morning and evening when mosquitoes are most active.
- Wear long-sleeved shirts, long pants and socks when outdoors during these active times. Apply insect repellent to any exposed skin, sparingly:
- Do not apply repellent to children's hands, or near any areas of mucous membrane such as the eyes or mouth.
- Do not apply repellent on children under two years of age.
- It's a good idea is to spray any clothing with repellents containing DEET, as mosquitoes easily bite through thin clothing such as cotton t-shirts.
- Carefully read and follow manufacturer's directions for use.
First Aid for Mosquito Bites
- Wash bite with soap and water.
- Apply anti-itch medication.
- Apply cold cloth for swelling.
- Watch for secondary infections.