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Mosquito Information

Self- Help

Dear Resident:

Please refer to the self-help section and all attached documents for help with ideas on how to eliminate mosquito development sites (indoors and outdoors) and protect yourself and family from mosquito bites.


Please eliminate mosquito development sites weekly, and protect your skin from bites daily.


Because some mosquitoes can develop in as little as a teaspoon of fresh water, improvement will require a community effort. Feel free to share these instructions.

Common Household Items

  • Containers
    Any container capable of holding at least a teaspoon of water throw away, turn over, empty once a week or drill holes in the bottom. Examples: Buckets, watering cans, drinking glasses, cups, bottle caps, etc.

  • Old Tires
    Dispose of at your local recycling facility. If used for playground equipment, drill holes for water to run. If on ground, ensure holes are not blocked by debris.

  • Pet Water Bowls
    Scrub and rinse out once a week.

  • Tarps, Plastic Covers, Flexible Sandbox Covers
    Drain water trapped in folds and arrange so water runs off.

  • Potted Plant Saucers
    Empty saucers or flush out with garden hose once a week. Remove saucers from under plants. 

  • Garbage Cans, Barrels, Recycling Bins
    Keep cans covered with lid or drill holes in bottom. If collecting rain water, cover with fine mesh screen.

  • Rain Barrels
    Cover rain barrel with insect screen and tightly secure. Install small pieces of screen over any other holes such as overflow valves or connection points, and secure.  If rain barrel comes with a screw top, place the square mesh between the rain barrel and the lid and screw it in place. Try to use the collected water first and empty barrels completely between rain events.

Building Structures

  • Dripping Outdoor Faucets and Window Air Conditioners
    If puddling, repair faucet. Place rocks under window air conditioner to ensure water runs off or fill hole with dirt.

  • Drainage Ditch, Culvert, or Low Areas Clogged by Grass or Weeds
    Remove grass and weed clippings so water can flow and/or drain freely. 

  • Gutters, including “Covered” Types
    Clean so water runs freely.

  • Hollow Fence Posts Without Caps
    Put caps on open chain link or plastic fence posts.

  • Old Playground Equipment
    Remove and dispose of. If it must be stored, put under cover. Be sure water drains off.

  • Sump Pumps
    Cover with screening.

  • Under Decks and Porches: Stored Items, Depressions in Dirt or Plastic Ground Linings
    Fill in depressions. Remove or turn over any stored items that hold water.


  • Base of Patio Umbrellas and Portable Basketball Stand
    Fill with sand or, if filled with water, be sure to screw on plug. Keep water out of depressions in stand.

  • Bird Baths
    Scrub & Dump out once a week. Add a mosquito donut. 

  • Ornamental Ponds and Fountains
    Filter water, add mosquito fish or add a mosquito donut. 

  • Wheelbarrow Stored Outside
    Store upside down. 

  • Outdoor Grills
    Keep covered. Ensure the vent is closed.

  • Plastic in Gardens to Prevent Weeds
    Use landscape cloth that will allow water to pass through instead of plastic sheets that hold water.

  • Bromeliads (Plants that Hold Water)
    Turn plant over to dump water. For plants too large, flush out cavities with garden hose once a week. Discard or remove from landscaping if possible.

Children’s Toys

  • Portable Basketball Hoops
    Ensure caps for fill holes are in place; replace if lost.

  • Kiddie Pools
    Empty or change water in kiddie pools every 5-7 days. Store indoors or turn over when not in use.

  • Sand Boxes
    Drill small drainage holes on the bottom of the sand box.

  • Toys, Wagons, Etc.
    Keep toys turned over or inside when not in use. If water can get inside the plastic toy, so can a mosquito — drill drainage holes in the bottom.

  • Deflated Toys
    Drain off water, dry out, and store indoors when not in use.


  • Boats, Canoes
    Pump out bilges. Turn over canoes and small boats. If not possible to turn over, dump out after each rain.

  • Jet Skis
    Rinse out the foot depressions with a hose.

  • Pool Pumps and Drains
    Check weekly to ensure water is draining from area.

  • Old Playground Equipment

        Remove and dispose of. If it must be stored, put under cover.

        Be sure water drains off.

  • Pools, Spas, Unmaintained Swimming Pools
    Turn over kiddie pools when not in use. Contact the District when swimming pools and spas are in nonoperational condition. If draining, wet/dry vacuum to remove water.

  • Under Decks and Porches: Stored Items, Depressions in Dirt or Plastic Ground Linings
    Fill in depressions. Remove or turn over any stored items that hold water.

Inside the Home

  • Flower Vase with Floral Arrangements
    Replace water & scrub interior to eliminate mosquito eggs once a week.

  • Holiday Items such as Tree Stands
    Replace water at least once a week and scrub thoroughly before storage.

  • Pet Water Bowls
    Rinse out once a week.

  • Potted Plants with Saucers
    Empty saucers once a week. Remove saucers from under plants.

  • Toilet Bowl Brush Holders
    Drain water in the container frequently.

  • Under Kitchen Sink
    Keep space beneath sink clear and free of damp.

  • Small Decorative Fountains or Water Features
    Maintain in operational condition or drain entirely.

  • Stagnant Toilet Water
    Flush water in extra toilet frequently.

  • Standing Water in Disconnected Pipes Exposed During Home Renovations
    Temporarily seal disconnected pipes until plumbing system is in working order.

Other self- help material

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Yard Drain Image
Possible breeding sources around a home yard.

Click for link to purchase Mosquito Bits

Link to mosquito bits product which is available to add to standing water sources.
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A green, untreated pool

Green Pool Pamphlet

How to Cover Yard Drains

Look at the active ingredient when purchasing repellent.

Some types of mosquito repellants available for people to purchase at stores

​More information of insect repellents

Dead Bird

Found a dead bird? 

Report it here

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