Educating the public about mosquitoes and how to control them is the first place to start when trying to reduce mosquito populations. In many cases, residents; once they know where to look, can identify and eliminate potential mosquito breeding habitats around their homes and neighborhood.
Most mosquitoes travel less than a mile from where they hatched to bite, so we need the public’s help in eliminating mosquito breeding sites. TFCPAD samples and treats most major breeding sites through the county, but little things such as water in a coffee can, can produce 10,000 mosquitoes during the season!
Remember WATER + 7 DAYS = MOSQUITOES
Drain, Flush or Treat standing water to eliminate Mosquitoes.
Empty all water holding containers in your yard on a regular basis, at least once a week. Children's wading pools, rain barrels, buckets, bird baths, livestock watering troughs and stored boats are prime examples of mosquito breeding sites.
Over-watering and poor irrigation practices are common producers of mosquitoes around the home. Clean out eaves troughs and down spouts of leaves and other debris that slows drainage.
Ditches must be kept free of vegetation and other debris to promote rapid drainage, and pond edges should be kept clean of cattails and other aquatic vegetation. This is where mosquito larvae develop and mature. If you are irrigating pastures and the water is standing for longer than 7 days you are producing mosquitoes! This creates mosquitoes for you and your neigbors. Report areas in need of treatment.
To reduce the number of adult mosquitoes in your yard: Keep your lawn mowed as short as is practical. Keep all ornamental shrubs and bushes trimmed and pruned to open them up to light and air flow. Cut back as far as possible, all low, dense under-growth surrounding your yard. This is where mosquitoes go to hide during the day. Have large trees trimmed to allow sunlight to penetrate dark, damp areas.
Plan outdoor activities and parties during daylight hours or later in the evening. Many mosquitoes are most active at dusk and for about an hour after dusk.
Remember, standing water means mosquitoes. Any standing, stagnant water that remains for 7 to 10 days after a rain can, and usually will, produce mosquitoes.
When Irrigating you can minimize mosquitoes by following these guidelines:
Minimize standing water in fields to less than four days by improving drainage channels.
Tail waters should not be allowed to accumulate for more than 4 days at the end of the field.
Keep ditches clean of heavy vegetation to promote more rapid drainage.
Have ditches repaired to reduce seepage and flooding.
What to do when you can’t eliminate the water?
Many safe and effective products are available for Mosquito larval control at most local home and garden stores. Recommended products contain Bti (Bacillus thuringiensis sub. israeliensis) or Altosid (methoprene). More information on products can be found on our Product Labels Page.
Please report any areas in need of treatment to TFCPAD
Pollinator Protection If you have bee questions, please ask. We want to protect public health and pollinators at the same time. Most all products we use are bee friendly, by following a Integrated Pest Management Approach and targeting mosquito larvae long before they hatch we can greatly reduce the or eliminate adult mosquitoes. The public has a big role in making this happen! Here are the results of a study we did using an Attractive Targeted Sugar Bait (ATSB) that uses garlic as its active ingredient (gut toxin). First we trialed it to make sure that wouldn't end up back in the honey, then we trialed it to see how well it worked on mosquitoes. The results were that it was safe for bees and worked well for around two weeks for mosquitoes. You want to apply it in the dense shade where mosquitoes seek refuge during the hot part of the day. Great tool that we have added to our IPM toolbox and one that is commercial available to anyone.