|Tips for Residents
In order to reduce mosquito problems around your
- Empty all containers around your house including birdbaths and pet
water dishes at least every garbage day.
- Eliminate standing water areas by draining or filling area in.
- Keep grass cut in order to eliminate resting areas for mosquitoes.
- Keep gutters free of debris.
window screens in place and in good repair.
- If you have an ornamental pool on your property either stock it with fish
or aerate it to prevent mosquito breeding.
- Dispose of old tires on recycling day.
- If you use saucers under flowerpots make sure and empty them
or better still fill them with sand or gravel.
Insure that swimming pools have adequate chlorine levels even when not
in use during the cooler months. Make sure that the filter is
operating from May through October.
To reduce the chances of being bitten by
to avoid outdoor activity during the early morning and evening hours
when mosquitoes are most active.
possible, wear long sleeves and pants. Avoid dark colors.
an insect repellent with the active ingredient DEET (N,N-diethyl-meta-toluamide).
The Center for Disease
has specific recommendations on repellants.
To help prevent rodent problems:
any openings around water lines, electrical lines, etc. on the outside
of your house.
Eliminate vegetation that over hangs or comes into contact with the
Repair any openings in the exterior of the home including gaps under
doors and windows.
- Feed your pets only as much as they will consume at one time. Avoid
leaving food in pet dishes.
- Use caution in using bird feeders around your residence as the seed can be
a food source for rats and mice.