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Homeowner Mosquito Control
2001 West Nile Virus Surveillance Maps
Nonchemical Mosquito Control
larvae or "wrigglers" must live in still water for five or more days to complete
their growth before changing into adult biting mosquitoes capable of
transmitting disease. Often, the number of mosquitoes in an area can be reduced
by removing sources of standing water around residences. For example, hundreds
of mosquitoes can come from a single discarded tire. Local agencies should
inform the public how to prevent mosquito production around residences and
prevent mosquito bites:
of old tires, tin cans, buckets, drums, bottles or any water-holding
or drain any low places (puddles, ruts, etc.) in the yard. The draining and filling of wetlands for mosquito control is not an acceptable approach.
drains, ditches, and culverts free of weeds and trash so water will drain
roof gutters free of leaves and other debris.
trash containers to keep out rainwater.
leaky pipes and outside faucets.
Empty plastic wading pools at
least once a week and store indoors when not in use.
Unused swimming pools should
be drained and kept dry during the mosquito season.
tree rot holes and hollow stumps that hold water.
the water in birdbaths and plant pots or drip trays at least once each week.
boats covered or upside down, or remove rainwater weekly.
Keep grass cut
and shrubbery well trimmed around the house so adult mosquitoes will not hide
sure ornamental ponds have fish, which will eat mosquito larvae.
outdoors in the evening or when mosquitoes are biting, use personal protection
measures to prevent mosquito bites (proper use of insect repellent and
Information on Mosquito Repellents.
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