Prevent Mosquito Production in Your Neighborhood

Eliminate Standing Water

  • Empty water from flower pots, pet water dishes, bird baths, swimming pool covers, buckets, barrels, and cans at least once or twice a week
  • Discard any tires and other unused items that collect water
  • Check for clogged rain gutters and remove debris
Mosquito breeding source

Report Standing Water

  • Mosquitoes need standing water to develop from egg to adult
  • One unmaintained/neglected swimming pool can produce thousands of mosquitoes in a neighborhood
  • Ornamental ponds and fountains are also prime mosquito breeding sources
  • An irrigated pasture with standing water for more than 5 days will produce adult daytime biting mosquitoes
  • A gutter holding water for more than 10 days can produce adults that can infest a neighborhood
  • Your local mosquito abatement district regularly monitors and treats these types of water sources to control mosquitoes free of charge
Neglected swimming pool

Report Adult Mosquito Activity

  • Take note of when you notice mosquitoes (morning, afternoon, or evening) - different species of mosquitoes are active at different times of the day
  • Ask yourself if you are being bitten - there are many insects that resemble mosquitoes but do not bite
  • Obtain a sample of the mosquito if possible - the type of mosquito will help determine where the larval source is located
  Culex tarsalis