Mosquitoes are one of the most important public health pests because many species transmit disease to humans. Mosquitoes will start emerging and breeding in standing water as rain events become more frequent and temperatures rise. Many of the mosquito species that transmit disease require very little standing water to lay their eggs, with little as 1/2 inch of water required for breeding.
Source reduction, which essentially means eliminating breeding sites, is very important for helping control mosquitoes. Any container that could potentially hold water around the yard should be checked for mosquito larvae. Dumping containers in your backyard that can hold water, such as kiddie pools, bird baths, flower pots, and numerous other household items, can greatly reduce container-breeding mosquitoes. Female mosquitoes secrete a glue-like substance when laying the eggs to stick them to the surface of a container, so you should also scrub the container to remove any eggs that have not hatched.
It also important to protect yourself when you are outdoors and exposed to mosquitoes. Wear long sleeves and pants when outdoors when possible. Also wear mosquito repellent that contains DEET, picaridin, or oil of lemon eucalyptus, which are all suggested by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) as active ingredients that provide sufficient protection. Please contact us for help identifying breeding sites and further control measures to keep your family safe from mosquitoes.