Eliminate standing water. Mosquitoes can breed in as little as a teaspoon of water. Here are 12 locations to check at least weekly for standing water — tip and toss that water:
- Buckets, watering cans, bottle caps or any trash that can hold water
- Corrugated pipes (drain tile) for downspout drainage - bury these and install popup emitters
- Bird baths and pet water bowls
- Potted plants with saucers
- Children’s toys
- Tarps on woodpiles and garden equipment
- Grill and patio furniture
- Containers under decks and porches
- Garbage cans, recycle bins and other barrels
- Boats and boat covers
Not everyone will check or know to check these locations, so please share this list with neighbors and your homeowner’s association.
- Treat standing water with a larvicide if it cannot be eliminated. If you cannot get rid of the water, treat it with a mosquito-specific, environmentally-friendly product such as Mosquito Dunks®, which are available at hardware stores and garden centers. Follow label instructions when applying.
- If mosquitoes are biting, consider treating your yard with an insecticide. When used according to label instructions, an insecticide can help control biting mosquitoes. Pay attention to areas where they hide, such as dense vegetation and ground cover.
- Organize a neighborhood clean-up. Get rid of litter and debris, discard old tires and manage vegetation that mosquitoes may be using as hiding places.
- There may be other places or containers in your yard where water collects that are not on this list, so be sure to check throughout your yard for standing water.