The American Mosquito Control Association (AMCA) has declared June 23 through June 29, 2019 as National Mosquito Control Awareness Week. The goal of Mosquito Control Awareness Week is to educate the public about the dangers of mosquitoes and the importance of mosquito control in the prevention of disease.
Reduce your chances of getting bit by mosquitoes this summer by eliminating mosquito breeding sites and reducing your exposure to disease-carrying mosquitoes.
Join the Orange County Mosquito and Vector Control District’s (OCMVCD) #MissionTipNToss campaign this summer by following the recommendations below and sharing the information with your community. For posts you can share on social media, please visit our digital resource page.
- Inspect your property regularly for standing water, and tip or toss any containers filled with water at least once a week.
- Close all unscreened doors and windows to prevent mosquitoes from entering your home or space; repair broken or damaged screens.
- Turn over toys, containers, and other objects that cannot be thrown away and properly protect them from rain or sprinkler water.
- Pour out water from potted plant saucers to eliminate mosquito breeding.
- Remove trash and clutter. This includes discarded tires, buckets, tarps and any other items that could collect water. Ensuring trash cans fit tightly also helps prevent mosquitoes from laying eggs.
- Empty and change water in pet water dishes weekly. Scrubbing regularly also eliminates mosquito eggs deposited along the interior walls of the pet bowl.
- Regularly clean rain and street gutters. Clogged drains and gutters can create backup that breeds mosquitoes.
- Apply mosquito repellent to exposed skin before going outdoors; reapply as recommended. Wear repellent containing DEET®, Picaridin, IR3535, or oil of lemon eucalyptus.
- Wear long-sleeved shirts and long pants, and opt for lighter colored clothing when spending time outdoors.