We can all work together to control mosquitoes in our neighborhood by following these tips.
Remember: Patrol your yard once a week!
The key to reducing mosquito populations is to deny them a place to breed. There are many things citizens can do to encourage reduced mosquito populations around their homes. These include:
Remove trash and clutter. This includes discarded tires, buckets, tarps, plastic bags and any other items that could collect water. Remember to check alley and spaces under decks for discarded containers that might be collecting water.
Home Mosquito Control Tips:
- Minimize and eliminate standing water. Mosquitoes require water to breed. Removing water-holding containers like bird baths, kiddie pools, and pet water dishes, or turning them upside down, as well as ensuring trash can lids fit tightly, helps prevent mosquitoes from laying eggs. Do not let water sit at bottom of flower pots or in holes or tree stumps. Cover rain barrels with a screen to keep mosquitoes out.
- Empty and change water. Keep water in containers that cannot be removed, such as bird baths and kiddie pools, fresh. Use larvicide mosquito dunks that will not harm wildlife.
- Clean gutters regularly. Clogged drains and gutters can create backup that breeds mosquitoes.
- Repair screens on windows and doors. Make sure children know to keep screen doors closed to keep mosquitoes from entering buildings.
- Maintain lawns. Cut weeds, mow lawns and water carefully to prevent standing water.
- Drain ditches.
Call Health Department if you discover unusually high number of mosquitoes (804-205-3912)
Reduce mosquito issues by remembering the “Four Ds:”
- Dusk and Dawn — avoid being outdoors when mosquitoes are most active, at dusk and at dawn.
- Dress — wear long, loose, light-colored clothing that covers the skin.
- DEET — use mosquito repellents that contain DEET. DEET is the most effective mosquito repellent. Spray on clothes if concerned about skin contact. Picaridin or oil of lemon or eucalyptus are possible alternatives on exposed skin.
- Drainage — eliminate standing water around the home in places such as buckets, cans, old tires, toys and plant containers.