Mosquito Control Tips for Your Home

Some tips for you and your family concerning mosquitoes and your home.

Personal protection

During peak biting times (dawn, dusk, and early evening)

  • Try to stay inside.
  • Wear long-sleeved shirts and long pants when you go out.
  • Loose clothing.
  • Light colored clothing.
  • Apply insect repellent sparingly to exposed skin. An effective repellent will contain 35% DEET.
  • DEET in high concentrations (greater than 35%) provides no additional protection. Repellents may irritate the eyes and mouth, so avoid applying repellent to the hands of children.
  • When using repellents always read and follow directions for use as printed on the product.

What you can do to help

  • Throw out old tires (you can put out at least 2 per week with the trash).
  • Throw out tin cans, buckets, drums, bottles, or any water holding containers.
  • Fill in or drain any low places (puddles, ruts) in yard.
  • Keep drains, ditches, and culverts clean of weeds and trash, so water will drain properly.
  • Cover trash containers to keep out rainwater, and drill holes in bottom of trash containers so any water can drain out.
  • Repair leaky pipes and outdoor faucets.
  • Empty plastic wading pools at least once a week or store in a position that water will drain.
  • Make sure your backyard pool is maintained properly.
  • Fill in tree rot holes and hollow stumps that hold water with sand or concrete.
  • Change water in bird baths and plant pots or drip trays at least once a week.
  • Keep grass cut short and shrubbery well trimmed around the house, so adult mosquitoes will not hide there.
  • Keep gutters clean and free of debris and leaves.