Prevent Mosquito Breeding!
Dumping out standing water is essential to preventing mosquitoes and mosquito-borne illnesses. Mosquitoes can lay their eggs in as little as 1/4" of standing water. Some mosquitoes will even lay their eggs in water inside homes! Use the resources on this page to prevent mosquito breeding in and around your home.
Where should you check?
Go through each section on the checklist below to determine where in your yard you may have standing water. That water should be dumped out, treated with a larvicide, or have mosquitofish added to it. Under each checklist is a list of resources for preventing and controlling mosquito breeding in those sources. Printable Version
Rain Barrels and Rain Water
Drains, Irrigation, Plumbing
Pools, Ponds, Fountains
Fun and Games
Once you have eliminated mosquito breeding sources in your yard, talk to your neighbors – mosquito control is a shared responsibility. Feel free to share any of the resources on this page!
Even after removing all breeding sources, it may take about a week to see the number of adult mosquitoes decrease. Mosquito repellent can help to prevent bites.
Learn more about mosquitoes at SDFightTheBite.com.