Protection from Mosquitoes
Guidelines for Your Safety
Mosquitoes need standing water to lay their eggs.
- Look for anything that can hold water for more than 3 days.
- Dump and drain the water once a week.
- Empty and scrub, turn over, cover, or throw away all items that hold water.
- Tightly cover water storage containers, so that mosquitoes can’t get inside to lay eggs.
- Rain barrels must be tightly sealed at all entrances with 1/16thinch wire mesh and checked regularly.
- Check inside and outside your home.
Prevent instances of standing water by checking the following:
- Potted plant saucers, decorative pots
- Buckets and other containers
- Trash cans, trash can lids
- Recyclables, recycle collection bins
- Fountains, birdbaths, ponds
- Water bowls for pets
- Animal water troughs
- Bromeliads and other plants that naturally collect and hold water
- Leaky hoses, sprinklers, faucets
- Rain barrels, cisterns, homemade water collection and storage containers
- Items stored outside around your home or yard or place in a
- Tires, miscellaneous items or junk
- Outdoor toys, tire swings, basketball hoop bases
- Lilly pots, water gardens
- Swimming pool, spa
- Watering cans
- Lawn ornaments, lawn furniture
- Covers or tarps on boats, cars, or recreational vehicles
- Tree holes and low areas with persistent puddling
- Rain gutters, yard drains, French drains
- Street gutters, pot holes
Inside Your Home
Reduce opportunities for mosquitoes inside your home.
- Use screens on windows and doors.
- Repair holes in screens to keep mosquitoes outside.
- Check for mosquito larvae breeding in water holding plants inside your home (i.e. lucky bamboo, bromeliads, vases, plant saucers).
- Close windows and use air conditioning when available.
- Sleep under a mosquito bed net if air conditioned or screened rooms are not available or if sleeping outdoors.
Download the Mosquito Control Checklist (PDF) and prepare your surroundings:
Prevent Mosquito Bites
- Oil of lemon eucalyptus
*Find the insect repellent that’s right for you.
- Always follow the product label instructions for repellent.
- Reapply insect repellent as directed.
- Do not spray repellent on the skin under clothing.
- If you are also using sunscreen apply sunscreen first and insect repellent
Babies & Children
- Always follow instructions when applying insect repellent to children.
- Do not use insect repellent on babies younger than 2 months old.
- Do not apply insect repellent onto a child’s hands, eyes, mouth, and cut or irritated skin.
- Adults should spray insect repellent onto your hands and then apply to a child’s face.
- Do not use products containing oil of lemon eucalyptus (OLE) or paramenthane-diol (PMD) on children under 3 years old.
- Natural insect repellents (repellents not registered with EPA)
- We do not know the effectiveness of non-EPA registered insect repellents, including some natural repellents.
- To protect yourself against diseases spread by mosquitoes, CDC and EPA recommend using an EPA-registered insect repellent.
- Choosing an EPA-registered repellent ensures the EPA has evaluated the product for effectiveness.
- Wear long-sleeved shirts and long pants.
- Dress your child in clothing that covers arms and legs.
- Cover crib, stroller, and baby carrier with mosquito netting.
- Treat items, such as boots, pants, socks, and tents, with permethrin or buy permethrin-treated clothing and gear.
- Permethrin-treated clothing will protect you after multiple washings.
- See product information to find out how long the protection will last.
- If treating items yourself, follow the product instructions.
- Do not use permethrin products directly on skin.
If you are a resident of the District:
CALL (310) 915-7370
to report mosquito issues, or:
CALL (877) WNV-BIRD
to report a dead bird, or visit: