Mosquito control agencies stress the adoption of personal protective measures aimed at reducing contact with mosquitoes, such as wearing long sleeve shirts and pants, using insect repellent, avoiding outdoor activities during peak mosquito biting times, and removing larval habitat around one’s home.
People need to take action and be part of initiatives towards reducing mosquito habitat in their local communities and homes.
One way is to practice good “mosquito hygiene” around your home.
o Remove standing water in old tires, buckets, drums or any other containers.
o Check clogged gutters and flat roofs that may have poor drainage.
o Cover barrels and trash containers tightly with a lid of with 16-mesh screen.
o Change the water in bird baths, pets’ water bowls and plant pots or drip trays 3-4 days.
o Empty plastic wading pools at least once a week. Store them indoors when not is use.
o Store boats covered or upside down.
o Fill in holes or depressions near your home that collect water.
o Fill in tree holes and hollow stumps that hold water.
o Repair screening on windows, doors, porches and patios.
These are some of the most important things that you can do to prevent mosquitoes from breeding around your home.