- Avoid mosquitoes whenever possible. Stay indoors or take personal protective measures, especially between dusk and dawn, which are peak mosquito biting times.
- When you are outdoors, use insect repellent containing an Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) -registered active ingredient and follow the directions on the package.
- Wear long-sleeved, long-legged clothing with socks and shoes when practical.
- Individuals should wear gloves when handling any dead bird or mammal because of the possibility of other diseases.
Protect Your Home - Prevent Mosquito Breeding Around Your Home
- Dispose of tin cans, plastic containers, ceramic pots or similar water-holding containers.
- Remove all discarded tires on the property. Used tires have become the most common mosquito breeding sites in the country.
- Remove all leaf debris.
- Close garbage can lids. Be sure water does not collect in the bottom of garbage cans.
- Drill holes in the bottoms of all recycling containers that are kept outdoors.
- Make sure roof gutters drain properly, and clean clogged gutters in the spring and fall.
- Turn over plastic wading pools and wheelbarrows when not in use.
- Change the water in bird baths frequently (every 2 to 3 days).
- Clean vegetation and debris from the edge of ponds.
- Clean and chlorinate swimming pools, outdoor saunas and hot tubs.
- Drain water from pool covers.
- Repair damaged or torn window and door screens.
- Use landscaping to eliminate standing water that collects on your property.
- Remove outdoor pet food and water dishes that are not being used.
- Flush livestock water troughs twice a week.
- Check around construction sites or do-it-yourself improvements to ensure that proper backfilling and grading prevent drainage problems.
Protect Your Community
- Call your local health department for more information at 877-978-6453 or visit the Mississippi State Department of Health.
- Learn what your local government is doing to control mosquitoes. Ask how you can help.
- Remind or help neighbors to eliminate mosquito breeding sites on their property.
Advanced Mosquito Control
- Phone: 662-843-6161