Tips for Residents
In order to reduce mosquito problems around your home:
- Empty all containers around your house including birdbaths and pet water dishes at least every garbage day.
- Eliminate standing water areas by draining or filling area in.
- Keep grass cut in order to eliminate resting areas for mosquitoes.
- Keep gutters free of debris.
- Keep window screens in place and in good repair.
- If you have an ornamental pool on your property either stock it with fish or aerate it to prevent mosquito breeding.
- Dispose of old tires on recycling day.
- If you use saucers under flowerpots make sure to empty them, or better still, fill them with sand or gravel.
- Ensure that swimming pools have adequate chlorine levels even when not in use during the cooler months. Make sure that the filter is operating from May through October.
Reduce Mosquito Bites
To reduce the chances of being bitten by mosquitoes:
- Try to avoid outdoor activity during the early morning and evening hours when mosquitoes are most active.
- If possible, wear long sleeves and pants. Avoid dark colors.
- Use an insect repellent with the active ingredient DEET (N,N-diethyl-meta-toluamide). The Center for Disease Control has specific recommendations on repellents.
Prevent Rodent Problems
To help prevent rodent problems:
- Seal any openings around water lines, electrical lines, etc. on the outside of your house.
- Eliminate vegetation that overhangs or comes into contact with the roof.
- Repair any openings in the exterior of the home including gaps under doors and windows.
- Feed your pets only as much as they will consume at one time. Avoid leaving food in pet dishes.
- Use caution in using bird feeders around your residence as the seed can be a food source for rats and mice.