To MINIMIZE mosquito breeding, standing water needs to be eliminated.
Listed below are some helpful recommendations to reduce the mosquito population and to prevent insect bites.
- Dispose of old tires or store them in a covered area
- Drain swimming pools after the summer season and wading pools weekly
- Drain flowerpot saucers weekly
- Repair or replace screen doors and windows
- Drain or invert anything that holds water (like wheelbarrows, wagons, fountains, and children’s toys)
- Maintain gutters and down spouts properly to allow them to drain
- Keep lawns, shrubs and weeds trimmed to eliminate hiding places for adult mosquitoes
- Drain and scrub birdbaths weekly (Under ideal conditions mosquitoes may develop from the larvae to the adult stage in 7-10 days)
- Avoid exposure to mosquitoes from dusk to dawn and during daylight hours in wooded or heavily shaded areas
- Wear light colored long sleeve shirt and pants
- Use an insect repellant with DEET (follow instructions on the label)
CDC Website for West Nile
EPA Website for Tire Collections