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Common Backyard Mosquito Sources

Many mosquito problems in your neighborhood are likely to come from water-filled containers that you, the resident, can help to eliminate. Be sure to drain any standing water around your house.

  • Dispose of any tires. Tires can become habitats to thousands of mosquitoes.
  • Drill holes in the bottom of recycling containers.
  • Clear roof gutters of debris.
  • Clean pet water dishes regularly.
  • Check and empty children’s toys.
  • Repair leaky outdoor faucets.
  • Change the water in bird baths at least once a week.
  • Canoes and other boats should be turned over.
  • Avoid water collecting on pool covers.
  • Empty water collected in tarps around the yard or on woodpiles.

Even the smallest of containers that can collect water, can become a habitat to hundreds and thousands of mosquitoes. They don't need much water to lay their eggs. (bottles, barrels, buckets, overturned garbage can lids, etc.)

Checklist courtesy of American Mosquito Control Association

Common Backyard Mosquito Sources