April through October is usually the busiest season for mosquitoes. The objective is to eliminate sites where mosquitoes can breed. Remember, some species of mosquitoes are produced in as little as one-half inch of standing water and can hatch in less than one week. The following are things you can do to help eliminate mosquito breeding on your property.
- Where water needs to be available – for pets and other animals – you should change the water and flush out the container at least once a week.
- Clean out leaves from troughs and gutters.
- Remove old tires or drill holes in those used for playground equipment to allow them to drain.
- Turn over or dispose of plastic pots, beverage containers, and broken or unused “kiddie” pools.
- Pick up broken, unused, or discarded toys.
- Check tarps on boats and other equipment that may collect water in pockets or indentations.
- Replace water in birdbaths at least once a week.
- Don’t leave garbage can lids lying upside down.
- Check holes in trees or stumps that may collect water. Remove stumps and plug holes with sand or concrete.
- Change water in the bottom of plant containers, including hanging plants at least once a week.
- Flush out bromeliads with a spray of water at least once a week.