CONTROL MOSQUITOES

CONTROL MOSQUITOES

CON T RO L M OSQU ITO ES TIP ’n TOSS 1 Mosquitoes breed in standing water. To reduce the mosquito population around your home and property, eliminat...

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CON T RO L M OSQU ITO ES

TIP ’n TOSS 1

Mosquitoes breed in standing water. To reduce the mosquito population around your home and property, eliminate all standing water and debris.

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Birdbath (change water

Any toy, garden equipment,

weekly) and garden pond

or container that

pool or child’s wading pool

(stock with fish)

can hold water

ILLUSTRATIONS ADAPTED FOR USE WITH PERMISSION FROM THE S.C. DHEC

Pool cover that collects water, neglected swimming

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Flat roof with

Clogged rain gutter

standing water

(home and street)

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Trash and old tires;

Tree rot hole, hollow

Repair missing,

Uncovered boat or boat

Leaky faucet (repair) or pet

stump or rain puddle

damaged, or improperly

cover that collects water

bowl (change water daily)

Drill drain holes in bottom of tire swings

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installed screens

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Learn more about how to protect yourself from mosquito bites! Visit www.michigan.gov/emergingdiseases

MOSQ UI TO

Control Advice

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larva

L OC AL S I T ES W H E R E MO S Q UITO E S BRE E D All mosquitoes need standing water to begin their life cycle. Locate all sites that hold water.

Drain, Fill, or Get Rid of Areas that Hold Water Containers that hold water Swimming Pools — maintain with proper chemicals, cover or drain if not in use Plastic sheeting or tarps used to cover yard items — pull tight so water won’t pool Shallow edges of ponds — clear of plants and weeds Clogged ditches and pipes — clean out leaves, dirt, and debris so water flows freely Low places, tire ruts or puddles — fill with dirt or sand Tree holes and hollow stumps — pack with dirt or sand Leaky pipes and outdoor faucets — repair Small areas of water that can’t be drained — treat with larvicides, follow label instructions

Protect Yourself from Biting Mosquitoes Screens on windows, doors and porches — install or keep in good repair

ADAPTED FOR USE WITH PERMISSION FROM THE GEORGIA DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC HEALTH

Car windows and garage doors — keep closed at night Overgrown shrubs, grass, weeds, vines and ground cover — trim or remove overgrown plants that provide cool/dark/damp areas where adult mosquitoes rest Scented products — avoid using products that smell like fruit or flowers Protective clothing — wear long sleeves, long pants and socks Treat clothing and gear — use permethrin products on clothing, boots, tents or purchase pre-treated items Light-colored clothing — wear light colors, mosquitoes are attracted to dark colors Insect repellent — use EPA-registered insect repellent containing DEET, IR3535, Oil of Lemon Eucalyptus, or Picaridin according to label direction

Contact your Local Health Department with questions. Protect and Prevent.

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adult mosquito

Sites with Standing Water That May Breed Mosquitoes MAN-MADE CONTAINERS Cans Bottles Buckets Flower pot saucers Plant cuttings rooting in water Pet bowls or animal troughs Tires Birdbaths Wheel barrows Children’s toys and wading pools Rain barrels Clogged roof gutters & downspouts Boats Junk cars Plastic sheeting or tarps used to cover yard items

NATURAL CONTAINERS Rock pools Tree holes Stump holes Bamboo stumps Magnolia leaves Bromeliad and Pitcher plants

NATURAL AREAS Ground pools Clogged ditches or streams Irrigated pastures or farmland River and stream floodplains Freshwater marsh and swamps Salt marsh margins Lake/Pond margins with plant growth

Learn more about how to protect yourself from mosquito bites! Visit www.michigan.gov/emergingdiseases