In our busy lives, it’s easy to forget about the tiny predator that hunts humans: The mosquito.

As you know, we no longer have a mosquito season; Mosquitoes can remain active throughout the year. Luckily, there are many ways to combat these insects, especially the invasive Aedesmosquitoes.

Did You Know...
…more than 10,000 mosquitoes can emerge from a swimming pool each week?

Step 1: No containers holding water = No mosquitoes

Mosquitoes need standing water to lay their eggs. Simple as that.

Look around where you live. Almost anything can hold water: Buckets, plant saucers, old tires, a fountain, even a swimming pool.

Identify all the containers that can hold water. And then either dump and drain the water once a week or throw away the containers.

If you want a good night’s rest or a bite-free day, get rid of all containers that can hold water.


Step 2: Get insect repellent

Did you know...?
Only female mosquitoes bite.

Female mosquitoes need the protein in your blood to produce eggs. Insect repellent is effective in stopping mosquitoes from attacking.

Which insect repellent is most effective?

When purchasing insect repellent in stores, look for any of the following active ingredients that have been proven to keep mosquitoes away:

  • DEET
  • Picaridin
  • Oil of Lemon Eucalyptus
  • IR3535


Did You Know...
…it only takes 7 days for a mosquito to complete its life cycle from egg to a flying adult?

Step 3: Empower family and friends to understand the mosquito issues in your city

It is impossible for us to inspect, treat and continuously re-visit homes for the nearly 7 million residents in our District. That is why you are important to making a difference in your neighborhood.

Some key facts everyone should know:

  • A clean yard, free from containers that can hold water (including plant saucers), is a mosquito-free yard.
  • Controlling mosquitoes is simple — just get rid of any standing water.

Did You Know...
…insect repellent bracelets don’t work to protect your entire body? It will only keep mosquitoes away from your wrist area. Exposed skin is always at risk of mosquito bites. Cover up!

Originally posted on Greated Los Angeles County - Vector Control District website