The Environmental Health Division is reminding residents to control and kill mosquitoes inside and outside homes by:
- Removing standing water where mosquitoes could lay eggs
- Once a week, empty and scrub, turn over, cover, or throw out any items that hold water such as tires, buckets, planters, toys, pools, birdbaths, flowerpot saucers, or trash containers. Mosquitoes lay eggs near water.
- Tightly cover water storage containers (buckets, cisterns, rain barrels) so that mosquitoes cannot get inside to lay eggs.
- For containers without lids, cover with wire mesh with very small holes.
- If you have a septic tank, repair cracks or gaps. Cover open vent or plumbing pipes. Use wire mesh with holes smaller than an adult mosquito.
- Use an outdoor insect spray made to kill mosquitoes in areas where they rest.
- When using insecticides, always follow label instructions.
- Do not leave doors propped open.