Reduce mosquito populations by:
- Accumulating sound data to determine safe and efficient mosquito control efforts.
- Providing services which are environmentally safe and efficient.
- Reducing mosquito breeding sites in and around property owners through public education.
How to control mosquitoes in your yard:
- Aerate ornamental pools or stock them with fish. Water gardens can become major mosquito producers if they are allowed to stagnate. Clean and chlorinate swimming pools not in use. Smaller containers will produce many more mosquitoes than a pool will, therefore being diligent about the small breeding sites around your house will be most effective. Mosquitoes may even breed in the water that collects on pool covers.
- Dispose of tin cans, plastic containers, ceramic pots or similar water-holding containers that have collected on your property.
- Drill holes in the bottom of recycling containers left outdoors.
- Have clogged roof gutters cleaned every year, particularly if the leaves from surrounding trees have a tendency to plug up the drains. Roof gutters can produce millions of mosquitoes each season.
- Inspect your property every few days.
- Remove, cover or drill holes in discarded tires. Stagnant water in tires is where many mosquitoes breed.
- Turn over plastic wading pools when not in use. Stagnant water in a wading pool becomes a place for mosquitoes to breed.
- Turn over wheelbarrows and don’t let water stagnate in birdbaths. Both provide breeding habitats for domestic mosquitoes.
- Use landscaping to eliminate standing water that collects on your property. Mosquitoes may breed in any puddle that lasts for more than four days.
Repellents are an important option in the prevention of mosquito bites. Strictly follow labeling directions. A mosquito repellent fact sheet can be found online through the LSU AgCenter website.