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Mosquito Prevention Tips For Homeowners

There are some very important things that you can do to limit mosquito breeding on your property:

  • Eliminating standing water wherever possible is your first step to controlling mosquitoes around your home. Wear long sleeves, long pants, and a hat when going into mosquito-infested areas, such as woodlands or wetlands.
  • Dispose of any waste that could hold water, such as cans, containers and tires.
  • Empty standing water from boats, trailers, toys, wheelbarrows and pots.
  • Small fountains can be placed in water gardens to prevent mosquito breeding.
  • Stock pools, rain barrels, and troughs with mosquito fish (Gambusia), guppies, or goldfish. They readily eat mosquito larvae.
  • Make sure roof gutters drain properly.
  • Clean vegetation and debris from pond edges.
  • Fill water holding pockets in trees with sand or soil.
  • Change water in birdbaths once a week.
  • Make sure window and door screens are closed tightly.