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Protection: Reduce Mosquitoes Around Your House

Control mosquitoes — Get rid of all standing water.

  • Turn over or remove containers in your yard where water collects, such as old tires, potted plant trays, buckets, toys, etc.
  • Clean out birdbaths and wading pools at least once a week.
  • Remove standing water on tarps or flat roofs.
  • Clean clogged rain gutters and downspouts.
  • Clean and stock garden ponds with mosquito-eating fish or mosquito dunks.
  • Recycle old bottles and cans.
  • Repair leaky faucets and sprinklers.
  • Keep swimming pools clean or drain them.
  • Repair door and window screens if torn.
  • Keep weeds and tall grass cut short; adult mosquitoes look for these shady places to rest during the hot daylight hours.
  • Get rid of mosquito breeding sites. (Electric “bug zappers” do not help since they usually attract more mosquitoes than they kill.)
  • Keep window screens on campers, tents, and boats “bug-tight”.

via Utah Department of Health (2004)