REDUCE Mosquito Breeding Habitats around your Home
- Dispose of plastic containers, ceramic pots, or similar water-holding containers that have accumulated on your property.
- Empty standing water from used or discarded tires that may have accumulated on your property, e.g., tire swings.
- Drill holes in the bottom of recycling containers that are left outdoors.
- Clean clogged roof gutters on an annual basis, particularly if leaves from surrounding trees have a tendency to plug the drains.
- Turn over plastic wading pools. Change water weekly.
- Turn over wheelbarrows and do not allow water to stagnate in birdbaths. Change water in birdbaths weekly.
- Aerate ornamental pools, stock them with fish or use mosquito dunks.
- Clean and chlorinate swimming pools that are not being used OR use mosquito dunks. Be aware that mosquitoes may breed in water that collects on swimming pool covers.
- Use insect repellent: When used as directed, Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)-registered insect repellents are proven safe and effective, even for pregnant and breastfeeding women. Use an EPA-registered insect repellent External with one of the following active ingredients:
- Oil of lemon eucalyptus (OLE)
- Para-methane-diol (PMD)
- Cover up: Wear long-sleeved shirts and long pants.
- Keep mosquitoes outside: Use air conditioning, or window and door screens. If you are not able to protect yourself from mosquitoes inside your home or hotel, sleep under a mosquito bed net.