During mosquito season
The City's Mosquito, Termite, and Rodent Control Board monitors mosquito populations. It also controls the mosquito population through education, habitat reduction, and treatment of larval and adult mosquitoes. But that doesn't totally eliminate the risk of disease. There are simple things you can do to help control the population and protect yourself. Mosquitoes need water to breed, so getting rid of standing water can go a long way.
Protect yourself from bites
- Wear long-sleeve shirts and long pants.
- Use insect repellent with ingredients like DEET, picaridin, IR3535, OLE, or PMD.
- Put sunscreen on before insect repellent.
- Keep doors and windows closed, or install screens to keep mosquitoes out of your home.
Control the population
- Remove trash and clutter like old tires, buckets, and tarps.
- Empty standing water from containers like pet dishes, children's toys, and flowerpots.
- Keep water fresh in containers like bird baths and kiddie pools.
- Clean gutters and catch basins.
- Call 311 to report illegal dumping, abandoned swimming pools, and water leaks.