Mosquito Protection

Advice for Mosquito Protection
The City offers property owners the following source reduction tips to lessen mosquito problems:
  • Eliminate standing water in low spots via drain or fill methods, prior to warm weather if possible.
  • Eliminate standing water in gutters, barrels, bird bath, etc., change pet watering dishes daily, flush watering troughs regularly.
  • Dispose of old tires or cut in half and store with tread side up.
  • Repair or replace damaged screens.
  • Change to yellow outdoor lights.
  • Wear tightly woven, light colored clothing, preferably long sleeved.
  • Use a repellent containing 10% DEET or Bit Blocker (No DEET), or Avons' Skin-So-Soft. Never allow small children to apply to themselves and bathe asap.
  • Mosquitoes are attracted to carbon dioxide (exhaled air), body scents, and heat (body temperature) and are especially active at dusk and dawn. They are not attracted to electric bug zappers.
  • If spraying shrubs, etc., is deemed necessary use least toxic products as control will be short lived. Garlic oil is known to repel mosquitoes and is non-toxic. Citronella candles can be helpful if wind is not blowing.