Prevent Mosquito Breeding
Remove Standing Water
Mosquitoes lay their eggs and grow in as little as 1/4" of standing water. Dumping out standing water removes sources of mosquito breeding and is essential to preventing mosquitoes and mosquito-borne illnesses. 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 and home you may have standing water. That water should be dumped out, treated with a larvicide, or have mosquitofish added to it. Following each section of the checklist is a list of resources for preventing and controlling mosquito breeding in those sources. Printable Checklist
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.