Preventing Mosquitoes

Tired of mosquito bites?

Here are some tips to reduce your chances of getting bitten:

  • Clothing
    • Cover exposed skin by wearing long-sleeved shirts, long pants, etc.
  • Repellant
    • Use an insect repellent containing DEET on exposed skin
  • Windows and screens
    • Make sure window and door screens are bug-tight
    • Check your screens periodically to make sure there are no holes, and replace worn screens
  • Time of day
    • Try to stay indoors during prime mosquito times of dawn and dusk

Keep them away!

The easiest way to prevent mosquito bites is to prevent them from breeding in the first place. Mosquito larvae need water to grow, so the most effective method to keep them from reproducing is to deprive them of water.

Check out where mosquitoes like to breed:

  • Rain gutters
    • Keep clear of leaves and other debris
  • Low areas
    • Do not over water lawns or gardens
  • Fountains and bird baths
    • Clean or hose out weekly
  • Potted plant saucers
    • Don't over water
    • Flush out saucers with a hose or drill holes in the bottom to allow for better drainage
  • Water bowls for pets
    • Rinse and fill with fresh water 1 to 2 times a week
  • Containers
    • Store containers upside down, cover or place in a sheltered area
  • Leaky hoses
    • Replace damaged hoses and fix leaky faucets and pipes
  • Pools and spas
    • Maintain even when not in use
    • Remove standing water from the top of pool and spa covers
  • Tires
    • Drill holes in tire swings
    • Recycle used tires or store in a covered area
  • Rot holes in trees
    • Be aware that water can collect in rot holes, crotches and dead tree stumps
    • Check with an arborist for best way to manage water or fill cavities
  • Ponds
    • Stock ornamental ponds with mosquitofish
    • Keep ponds free and clear of excess vegetation
  • Boats
    • Cover with a tight-fitting tarp
  • Trash bins
    • Keep lids shut tight and remove any water that may accumulate inside

Personalized service

If you have tried these tips and are still having a mosquito problem around your home, request a free on-site inspection. We offer free on-site inspections to suggest specific solutions for your location, and may schedule treatment if necessary.

Mosquito-borne diseases

Get updated information on mosquito borne disease prevention from the Florida Department of Health.

Contact

For more information on mosquito control, contact our Mosquito Control and Aquatic Weed Unit at (813) 635-5400.