Removing stagnant water and eliminating sources that can hold water is the most effective and pesticide-free way to prevent mosquitoes in your yard and home.
Follow these steps to make your home mosquito-free.
- Clean up clutter in the yard. Invasive Aedes are ‘container breeders’ and will lay their eggs in toys, soda cans, and even trash.
- Check yards carefully for anything that will collect rain or sprinkler water.
- Do not grow plants in water-filled buckets or vases - even indoors.
- Remove saucers from under potted plants.
- Remove bromeliads and other plants that naturally hold water from your landscape. Always water bromeliads from the bottom of the plant.
- Scrub outdoor containers that have held water with hot, soapy water to kill mosquito eggs. Store in a dry place.
- Talk to your neighbors – mosquito control is a shared responsibility
- Aplly an EPA registered insect repellent to exposed skin when outdoors.
- Utilize an Insect fogger to eliminate adult mosquitoes. These can be found at local home improvement and garden centers.
Common Mosquito Breeding Sources: