What is the best way to control mosquitoes?

The best way is to eliminate the water in which they breed. Backyards should be checked for containers, even very small ones that hold water. Pet dishes, tin cans, flower pot holders, plugged gutters, tires, birdbaths, kiddy pools, toys, bromeliads, anything that can hold water should be checked. Water should be dumped every third day if the source is not eliminated. Those containers that are too large to turn over should be covered. While it is possible to drain larger wet areas or flood them so mosquitoes can not breed, those methods are generally not good for wildlife. Sometimes it is possible to add fish that eat mosquito larvae to the pond. 

The next best method is to control mosquitoes by treating the water with insecticides that kill only mosquitoes. Unfortunately, there is no way to stop mosquitoes from mating and, although bats, birds, other insects, and vertebrates eat mosquito larvae, they do not control mosquitoes to the level people want or that will prevent disease transmission.

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1. What if I don’t want my property treated or sprayed?
2. Are mosquitoes attracted to some people more than others?
3. What purposes do mosquitoes serve?
4. What diseases do mosquitoes carry?
5. Do mosquitoes carry AIDS?
6. Are the chemicals harmful to people or pets?
7. Will DEET hurt children?
8. What is the best personal repellent?
9. How can one type of insect be controlled without hurting other insects or wildlife?
10. What is the best way to control mosquitoes?
11. How effective is the spray?
12. Why can't mosquito control programs spray during the day?
13. How do districts decide where to spray?
14. How long does the mosquito spray last?
15. What does Mosquito Control do and why?
16. How safe are the pesticides being used?
17. When do you spray?
18. Is it true that only certain mosquitoes bite and/or transmit disease?
19. Can I as a homeowner make a difference in the mosquito population in my area?
20. Can I spray my yard myself?
21. Why is it so important that I inspect my yard when ditches and woodland surround me?
22. When are the Commission Meetings held?