Mosquitoes: What You Need To Know
How To Avoid Mosquito Bites
- Be aware of peak biting periods (early morning and evening hours).
- Avoid infested areas such as tall grasses/weeds and shady areas.
- Wear light-colored, loose-fitting clothing.
- Long-sleeved shirts, long pants, jackets.
- Tuck pants legs into boots/socks.
- Use appropriate chemical repellants for your skin.
- Available in aerosol/pump sprays, sticks, soaps, lotions, creams and towelettes.
- Most effective repellents contain Deet, which should be listed in the ingredients.
- Equip/repair all doors and windows using 16-mesh screen.
Drain Standing Water
By draining standing or stagnant water on your property, you eliminate mosquito breeding sites and help reduce the mosquito population around your home. Download the Mosquito Control brochure for items typically found around the home that can collect water and solutions for keeping them free of stagnant water.
Larvicides are chemicals or natural bacteria that can be used to kill mosquito larvae in standing water that cannot be drained.
They are the most effective form of mosquito control because they kill mosquitoes before they become adults and disperse by flying.
Larvicides can be applied to standing water as a liquid, granules or briquets. The briquets, also known as dunks, are the most common form used.
- are not harmful to humans and animals and can be applied by hand, by dropping them in standing water.
- slowly release a long-term larvicide at the water's surface.
- can kill mosquito larvae for 30 days or longer.
- are especially effective for areas where it is difficult to drain standing water, such as puddles, ditches, ponds or tree stumps.
- should not be applied to drinking water reservoirs or drinking water receptacles.
- can be purchased at most gardening, hardware or home improvement stores.