What can Homeowners do?
The most efficient method of controlling mosquitoes is by reducing the availability of water suitable for larval and pupal growth. Large lakes, ponds, and streams that have waves, contain mosquito-eating fish, and lack aquatic vegetation around their edges do not contain mosquitoes; mosquitoes thrive in smaller bodies of water in protected places. Examine your home and neighborhood and take the following precautions:
· Dispose of unwanted buckets and tires.
· Clean clogged roof gutters and drain flat roofs.
· Flush sump-pump pits weekly.
· Stock ornamental pools with fish.
· Change water in birdbaths, fountains, and troughs twice a week.
· Clean and chlorinate swimming pools; when not regularly used, they should be emptied.
· Turn over unused wading pools and other containers that tend to collect rainwater.
· Cover containers tightly with window screen or plastic when storing rainwater for garden use during drought periods.