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.