Mosquitoes lay their eggs in standing or stagnant water.  By eliminating places for mosquitoes to breed, we can greatly reduce the threat of the West Nile virus.  The following is a checklist of simple things that you can do to reduce the number of mosquitoes around your home and reduce your risk of being bitten:  

  • Make sure doors and windows have tight-fitting screens, and repair or replace torn screens
  • Dispose of water-holding containers such as tires, tin cans, empty flowerpots, buckets, etc.
  • Turn over plastic wading pools, toys, wheelbarrows, etc. when not in use
  • Drain water from pool covers and keep pools clean and chlorinated
  • Make sure rain gutters drain properly
  • Change the water in birdbaths at least once a week
  • Aerate ornamental ponds or stock them with fish
  • Use mosquito repellants containing DEET when necessary and follow directions on the label
  • Limit time spent outdoors when mosquitoes are most active (between dusk and dawn)‚Äč