Prevent Mosquito Breeding!

containers with standing water

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. 

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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

 

Backyard

 I have a birdbath
 I have old tires
 I have buckets or containers
 I have a tarp outside
 I have lawn ornaments
 I have trash cans outside
 I have a wheelbarrow
 I have a watering can

                

Rain Barrels and Rain Water

 I have a rain barrel with a lid
 I have a rain barrel with no lid
 I collect water in buckets
 I might have clogged gutters

                

Plants

 I have potted plants with saucers underneath
 I have potted plants indoors
 I have bromeliad plants
 I have lucky bamboo plants

                

Hidden Sources

 I have a chain link fence
 I have bamboo
 I have a tree with a hole in it
 I have trash or clutter around my home

Indoors

 I have flower vases
 I have potted plants indoors
 I have water bowls for my pets
 I have a clogged drain in my bathroom
 I have an infrequently used guest bathroom
 I have soaking dishes or forgotten water glasses
 I have an unfiltered aquarium
 I have un-screened doors and windows

                

Drains, Irrigation, Plumbing

 I have french drains in my yard
 I have lawn drains
 I have a sump pump
 I have a septic tank

                

Pools, Ponds, Fountains

 I have an unfiltered pool or spa
 I have a pond
 I have a fountain
 I have a water trough for a horse or other animal

                

Fun and Games

 I have children's toys in my backyard
 I have a tire swing
 I have a basketball hoop with a water-filled base
 I have a water table in my backyard

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.