What can I do to reduce mosquitoes around my house?
There are a number of things a homeowner can do. Mosquitoes can breed within 4 days.
1. Dispose of tin cans, plastic containers, ceramic post or similar water-holding containers on your property.
2. Remove all discarded tires; used tires are the most common breeding sites.
3. Drill holes for drainage in the bottom of containers that are kept outdoors.
4. Clean clogged gutters and make sure they drain properly.
5. Turn over plastic wading pools and wheelbarrows when not in use.
6. Change the water in birdbaths regularly.
7. Clean vegetation and debris from the edge of ponds
8. Clean and chlorinate swimming pools, outdoor saunas, and hot tubs.
9. Drain water from pool covers.
10. Use landscaping to eliminate stagnant water that collects on your property.
11. Keep weeds and grass trimmed around the perimeter of your house, shed or other structures on your property. To reduce adult mosquitoes in vegetation, apply insecticides to the lower limbs of shade trees, shrubs and other vegetation. Focus on shaded areas and apply insecticides onto vegetation, walls and other potential mosquito resting areas. Always read and follow label directions before using any pesticide. Avoid chemicals in favor of natural or environmentally friendly products when possible.
12. Fill or drain puddles, ditches and swampy areas, and either remove, drain or fill tree holes and stumps with mortar.
13. Irrigate lawns and gardens carefully to prevent water from standing for several days.
In general prevent water from pooling on your property and maintain strict vegetation management.

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