Backyard Checklist

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.