Control Efforts

Where You Live

  • Reduce mosquito breeding on your property. Eliminate standing water by disposing of empty cans, buckets, flowerpots, old tires, trash cans, and other containers.
  • Clean clogged roof gutters.
  • Empty plastic pools when not in use. Drain swimming pool covers.
  • Change the water in bird baths at least once a week. Clean them on a regular basis.
  • Aerate ornamental pools or stock them with fish.
  • Check and repair screens and screen doors.

When You Go Outside

  • Stay indoors when mosquitoes are most active, which is usually at dawn and dusk.
  • Use an insect repellant containing an EPA-registered repellant. Follow all label directions.
  • Wear long-sleeved shirts, long pants and socks when you are outdoors.
  • Avoid areas with heavy underbrush and trees.

Repellant Safety

  • Read and follow all directions and precautions on the product label.
  • Products registered by EPA and used according to the label directions are safe for children and others.
  • Do not use any product on pets or other animals unless the label clearly states it is for animals.
  • Store insect repellents safely out of the reach of children.