Mosquito Control

Protect Yourself

  • 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