There are many ways you can protect yourself mosquitoes this summer season. Here are a few tips to help control mosquitoes outside your home
⦁ Install or repair and use window and door screens. Do not leave doors propped open.
⦁ Once a week, empty and scrub, turn over, cover, or throw out any items that hold water like tires, buckets, planters, toys, pools, birdbaths, flower pot saucers, or trash containers. Empty after it rains. Arrange tarps to avoid puddles. Mosquitoes lay eggs near water.
⦁ Tightly cover water storage containers (buckets, cisterns, rain barrels) so that mosquitoes cannot get inside to lay eggs.
⦁ For containers without lids, use wire mesh with holes smaller than an adult mosquito.
⦁ Use larvicides to treat large containers of water that will not be used for drinking and cannot be covered or dumped out.
⦁ Use an outdoor flying insect spray where mosquitoes rest. Mosquitoes rest in dark, humid areas like under patio furniture, or under the carport or garage. When using insecticides, always follow label instructions.
⦁ If you have a septic tank, repair cracks or gaps. Cover open vents or plumbing pipes. Use wire mesh with holes smaller than an adult mosquito.
⦁ Properly maintain swimming pools. Drain covers and clean kiddie pools weekly.
⦁ Keep trash and litter cleaned up in your community. Drill holes in the bottom of garbage cans and recycling cans to avoid rain water buildup.
Here’s what you can do to control mosquitoes in your home
⦁ Keep windows and doors shut and use air conditioning when possible.
⦁ Keep mosquitoes from laying eggs inside your home. Once a week, empty and scrub, turn over, cover, or throw out any items that hold water like vases and flowerpot saucers.
⦁ Kill mosquitoes inside your home. Use an indoor flying insect fogger* or indoor insect spray* to kill mosquitoes and treat areas where they rest. These products work immediately, but may need to be re-applied. Always follow label directions. Only using insecticide will not keep your home free of mosquitoes.
⦁ Mosquitoes rest in dark, humid places like under the sink, in closets, under furniture, or in the laundry room.
⦁ Use an indoor fogger* or indoor insect spray* to reach and treat areas where mosquitoes rest inside the home.