Mosquitoes lay their eggs in standing water or slow moving water. Even the smallest of puddles can breed thousands of larvae. Protect yourself and don’t give mosquitoes a place to breed.
Some steps you can take to prevent mosquitos in your home:
- Remove sources of standing water such as, empty containers, tires, pots, wheelbarrows, and anything else that could hold water.
- Repair leaky sprinklers or outside faucets.
- Clean out clogged rain gutters.
- Change the water in bird baths, pet dishes, and water troughs at least twice a week.
- Keep trash containers covered so they don't accumulate water.
- Maintain and keep your pool treated. Don't let pool covers retain water. Some ornamental ponds can be treated with larvicide. Follow label instructions.
Potential Breeding Sites
Empty containers including: pots, dog bowls, jars, bird baths, etc. Anything that holds water can be breeding sites for Aedes albopictus.
Low areas in a yard can hold water and create temporary pools or permanent pools.
Salt or freshwater marshes can produce large numbers of Aedes sollicitans and Aedes taeniorhynchus.
Tires can hold water for long periods of time creating prime breeding sites for Aedes albopictus and Culex quinquefasciatus.
Storm drains can hold water and breed Culex quinquefasciatus.
Depending how long the water sits, ditches can breed several different species of mosquitoes.
Due to the growing number of subdivisions and building standards, retention ponds or detention ponds are becoming a major problem in our county. They can breed several species of Culex mosquitoes, Anopheles mosquitoes, as well as Mansonia titillans.