Mosquito Control

 

YOU can help prevent mosquitoes! Did you know that significant mosquito prevention can be accomplished in your own backyard? 

Tips for homeowners: 

  • Eliminate standing water in your yard. Mosquitoes can lay eggs in tiny amounts of water – as small as a thimble-full of water can provide a breeding ground for mosquitoes. This includes tires, clogged downspouts, buckets and flower pots, lawn furniture, toys, vehicles, depressions in the yard, and even hollow tree stumps.
  • Dump bird baths and outdoor pet bows at least every two days.
  • Keep your gutters clean and unclogged. Clogged gutters and downspouts creates an ideal breeding ground for mosquitoes.
  • Eliminate standing water in low spots or depressions in your yard. Facilitate proper drainage to ensure that water flows and does not sit/pond in your yard.
  • Plant native plants — vegetation helps to absorb rainwater and runoff, provides habitat and food for native pollinators that in turn help to control mosquitoes, and is beneficial to aquatic species like fish, frogs and macro-invertebrates when planted near streams ponds which also help to control mosquitoes.
  • Ornamental ponds should be aerated to keep the water moving. Mosquitoes do not breed in moving water.
  • Wear long sleeve clothing when outside, especially at dusk and dawn, to prevent mosquito bites.
  • Use proper insect repellent when outside near standing water, especially at dawn and dusk.

Link: Mosquito Biology and Control

Link: Find the repellent that is right for you

Additional Useful Resources:

  1. Decreasing Mosquitoes with Stormwater Basins and Rain Gardens  – Perkiomen Watershed Conservancy
  2. Rain Gardens and Mosquitoes – Rutgers Cooperative Extension
  3. For more information about mosquito control, from the Montgomery County Health Department, click here
  4. Stormwater Structures & Mosquitoes – EPA
Mission Statement
To protect and improve the quality of life of the residents of Montgomery County and surrounding communities by providing, in cooperation with others, timely and efficient service, education, and technical guidance, for the wise use of our soil, water, and related resources.

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