Eradicating standing water and overgrown vegetation kills mosquitoes by destroying their nesting and resting places. Follow up by making the right choices to the placement of wanted water outside to prevent mosquitoes from returning.
- Locate still water outside the home
Start by patrolling the area around the home to find and remove any excess water that has collected in cracks, flower pots, gutters and other outdoor items. Turn over paddling pools when not in use. Mosquitoes lay their eggs in shallow, stagnant water, and the young only need 4 to 14 days to grow into pesky adults.
- Curb mosquito hiding places
Search for grass patches or weeds outside; trim the excess growth or remove entirely. Mosquitoes typically rest in high grass or vegetation when the sun is out. Eliminating hiding spots forces them to move elsewhere to rest. Spraying household products containing lambda-cyhalothrin and deltamethrin on tree trunks or near the stem of plants also helps to reduce adult mosquito numbers.
- Construct ponds and bird baths smartly
Place bird baths in areas unprotected by the wind and maintain and clean regularly in order to discourage mosquito breeding. Any ponds should also be at least 24 inches deep and built with a nonporous base, such as stone, to lower organic matter in the water. If your pond cannot be modified, stock it with goldfish to help prevent mosquito breeding from reoccurring.