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Mosquito Control Tips & Tricks from OC Vector

Guest contribution by Orange County Mosquito and Vector Control District

Are you tired of getting bitten by mosquitoes while enjoying a nice walk or relaxing on your porch with a cup of coffee? If so, you'll want to know some tips and tricks to keep these pesky insects out of your life.

One type of mosquito you should be aware of is the Aedes mosquito, also known as the ankle biter. These black and white striped mosquitoes are known for biting during the daytime and can be found in every city in Orange County. While the Orange County Mosquito and Vector Control District (OCMVCD) conducts wide area treatments, smaller sources of water around your patio, yard, or indoor
spaces can also attract mosquitoes. These insects only need a small amount of water to complete their life cycle, so it's important for every resident to take an active role in mosquito control.

OCMVCD provides a range of resources to help residents take an active role in mosquito control. These resources are designed to help individuals and communities prevent the spread of mosquito-borne diseases and ensure a safe and healthy environment. One of the most valuable resources OCMVCD offers is the DIY page, which provides step-by-step instructions on how to control mosquitoes in your yard. You can learn how to identify mosquito breeding sources, eliminate stagnant water and use insecticides safely and effectively.

• Aedes mosquitoes thrive indoors and can lay eggs in and around containers, vases and even bamboo plants.
• Keep plant saucers dry.
• Keep your pet’s water dishes clean.
• Don’t over water your plants.
• Use EPA certified mosquito repellent and use before going outside.
• Wear long-sleeved clothing to prevent bites.
• Connect with your neighbors and spread the word about mosquito prevention.

Don’t give mosquitoes a biting chance. Be diligent and make source reduction a weekly routine. For more information, visit