The Orange County Mosquito and Vector Control District encourages residents to utilize many do-it-yourself methods to eliminate mosquitos and mosquito-related issues. These include taking steps to prevent mosquito breeding, protecting yourself and family from mosquitos, and treating for mosquito bites.
Prevent Mosquito Breeding: Eliminate the Source
Because many mosquitos breed in small water sources, eliminating these sources can greatly reduce the number of mosquitos around your home. Search around your property for any standing water (both indoors and outdoors) and discard any unused containers. Also be sure to clean and scrub any unused containers thoroughly to remove any mosquito eggs.
Protect Yourself from Mosquitos
Additionally, taking the following steps can help prevent mosquito contact and bites:
- Keep doors and windows closed, or ensure screens are free of holes and tears
- Wear an EPA-approved insect repellent to prevent bites
Visit the Orange County Mosquito and Vector Control District website to watch educational videos, download checklists for property inspections, and learn how to treat for mosquito bites.