Reduce Mosquito Population

reduce mosquito populationWith so many diseases spread by mosquitoes, it’s important that we all do what we can do reduce the mosquito population. It’s been long known that standing bodies of water are a breeding ground for mosquitoes. However, it isn’t just ponds and bodies of water that we need to address. Mosquitoes need small amounts of stagnant water to lay eggs, so make sure you do what you can to find them all.

No Rain Lately?

Even if there hasn’t been much rain in your area, water from washing cars, kids playing, lawn sprinkling systems, sump pump hose, etc can create enough of a puddle for mosquitoes to thrive. Some places like ponds or culverts you can’t necessarily drain, but you can buy mosquito treatment cakes to add to the water to reduce the mosquito population by stopping breeding. Some fish and other critters eat mosquito larvae, so stocking ponds with fish when appropriate is another way to help control what you can’t drain.

Here are a few places to check so you can help reduce the mosquito population

  • Old tires and rims (recycle tires at the TireZoo)
  • Flower pots and watering containers
  • Ditches and culverts
  • Clogged gutters and drain spouts
  • Wagons and bike trailers
  • Sandbox and pool toys
  • Lawn ornaments and bird baths
  • Little swimming/wading pools
  • Gardening tools, wheelbarrows, buckets
  • Sporting Equipment; Frisbees, helmets
  • Toolboxes
  • Barbecue grills and fire pits
  • Pool, hot tub, and boat covers
  • Garbage cans and lids
  • Pet water dishes