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
- Use repellent when outdoors. Visit https://www.consumerreports.org/insect-repellent/best-insect-repellents-for-you-and-your-family/ and be sure to use only EPA Registered Repellants
- Utilize an Insect fogger to eliminate adult mosquitoes. These can be found at local home improvement and garden centers. Their common names are Raid Yard Guard, Cutter Backyard Bug Control, and OFF Backyard Pretreat.
Common Mosquito Breeding Sources: