Do-It-Yourself Solutions for Mosquito Issues
Did you know? Many mosquitoes breed in small water sources in residential backyards, and they do not fly far from the source. Eliminating these small water sources can reduce the number of mosquitoes on your property. Search around your property for any standing water (indoors and out) and discard unused containers. Be sure to scrub unused containers thoroughly to remove mosquito eggs.
Watch the “Meet Your New Neighbor” series of videos to learn about mosquitoes and how to eliminate them from your property. These three videos will provide information on:
How to prevent mosquito breeding:
Protecting yourself and family from mosquitoes
Treating for mosquitoes when necessary
Download and review the checklist to conduct a self-inspection on your property. Make sure to inspect your front yard, side, backyard, and inside the home. Use this checklist for guidanceDIY Pesticide OptionsDIY Breeding Source Checklist
What to expect:
- Eliminating water sources will not provide immediate results; adult mosquitoes die off in approximately 10 days, but eliminating water sources reduces the number of larvae and pupae that will eventually emerge into biting adults.
- Prevent mosquitoes from entering your home by keeping doors and windows closed. If windows and doors must be kept open, ensure your window and door screens are free of holes or tears.
- Wear an EPA-approved insect repellent to keep mosquitoes from biting you and your family.
Other ways to help:
Become a neighborhood advocate and sign up to pass out brochures and repellent wipes or share the links and information with your neighbors as these mosquitoes could impact your community.