Mosquito control begins with you. The majority of mosquito problems are within 100 to 200 yards of where they are breeding. Mosquitoes need standing water to breed, so the best way to reduce the mosquito population is to eliminate or reduce the sources for standing water.
Check tarps such as those for boats, pools and fire wood for areas holding water and arrange them so water will drain.
Clean and discard any yard trash or debris.
Clean rain gutters so water can flow freely.
Cover or screen rain barrels.
Cut grass frequently. Areas of tall grass can become a breeding site for mosquitoes.
Do not leave trash can lids upside down and look for water standing in the bottom of trash cans.
Fill low lying areas within your yard with dirt or sand.
Flush livestock troughs at least twice per week.
Flush water in the bottom of plant holders at least twice a week.
If you have ornamental ponds, tree holes or other low water holding areas that you cannot fill, contact Pitt County's Mosquito Control Program for assistance.
Inspect construction sites and do-it-yourself projects to ensure there is proper drainage.
Keep ditches free of debris so they can properly drain.
Make sure street drains are covered and clear of debris so that water drains well.
Make sure that pool pumps are working properly to ensure that pool water is adequately circulating.
Pump out bilges in boats. Store canoes and small boats upside down.
Remove and discard old tires and drill drainage holes in tires used for playground equipment.
Remove or turn over clay pots and plastic containers.
Remove unused pet food and water dishes.
Repair dripping outside faucets.
Replace birdbath water at least twice a week.
Store children’s toys that have the potential to collect water inside or turn items upside down if left outside.
Store plastic wading pools inside or turn them upside down when not being used.
Turn wheelbarrows upside down when stored outside.
Source: Ontario Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care