Protect Your Family

How Can I Eliminate Mosquito Breeding Areas?

All health department efforts to reduce mosquito populations will only be partially effective unless citizen participation occurs. The individual resident can do more to control mosquitoes around their home than all other methods combined. Be sure to:
  • Turn over or remove containers in your yard where rainwater collects, such as potted plants, buckets, or toys
  • Empty birdbaths once a week
  • Remove old tires from your yard
  • Clean roof gutters and downspout screens
  • Eliminate standing water on flat roofs, boats, and tarps

How Can I Protect Myself From Biting Mosquitoes?

  • Avoid mosquitoes and remember prime mosquito times are dawn and early evening
  • Wear long, loose, and light-colored clothing
  • Use insect repellent products with no more than 20-30% DEET for adults and less than 10% for children
  • Follow label instructions when using insect repellents
  • Repair torn or missing screens and openings to your house