Mosquitoes and ticks are a concern because they can transmit disease. Luckily, effective control measures exist that do not require use of harmful toxic pesticides. The following is a list of suggested products to be used as indicated after habitat modifications have been made. Please research products carefully and always follow label directions exactly.
The Mississippi Department of Health recommends these strategies for mosquito prevention in landscapes:
- Pick up and haul away all trash piles, broken down washing machines, junk cars, bottles and cans, and related items from around houses.
- Avoid having open water areas or containers around the house such as puddles, open water tanks, damaged water pipes, tires, etc. that might breed mosquitoes.
- Fill tree holes with mortar.
- Drill holes in the bottom of tire swings.
- Empty or change water in pet dishes, bird baths, horse troughs, etc. at least once a week.
- Keep roof gutters clean.
- Avoid accumulation of decaying material and garbage in and around the home.
- Cover water tanks.
- Support natural enemies of insects like birds, frogs, lizards, and fish.
- Fix any low spots in the yard that hold water for long-term control.
Lists are for educational purposes and suggestions only, not an endorsement of a specific company, product or brand.
Beyond Pesticides Mosquito Management and Insect Borne Diseases
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City of Boulder, Colorado Ecological Mosquito Management
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How to Prevent Tick Bites Without Toxic Pesticides