The objective is to eliminate all sites where mosquitoes can breed. Remember, some species of mosquitoes can breed in as little one half inch of standing water.
Some mosquitoes can hatch in as little as one week. Where water must be available, as for pets and other animals, it is necessary to change the water and flush out the container at least twice a week to disrupt the breeding cycle of mosquitoes.
Things you can do to reduce mosquito breeding grounds on your property:
Clean out eves, troughs and rain gutters
Remove debris from flat roofs
Remove old tires or drill holes in those used for playground equipment to allow them to drain
Turn over or remove containers
Pick up broken, unused or discarded toys
Check tarps on boats or other equipment that may collect water in pockets or indentations
Pump our bilges on boats
Replace water in birdbaths at least twice a week
Check plants with large leaves that may collect water in axils, where the leaves join the stem. Eliminate the plant, keep it inside, or flush it out with a spray of water or tip the plant over to empty stagnant water at least twice a week
Flush bromeliads with fresh water every few days
Areas that need attention because they make breeding grounds for mosquitoes.
The Life Cycle of the Mosquito (Alameda County Mosquito Abatement District)
Avoiding and Repelling Mosquitoes (University of Florida Cooperative)
Mosquito Predators You Can Own
Mosquito Borne Diseases
Florida Mosquito Control Association "Mosquito Links"
Frequently Asked Questions
University of Florida Fact Sheets:
Eastern Equine Encephalitis
Hurricanes and Mosquitoes
Lyme Disease in Florida Horses
Mosquito-borne Dog Heartworm Disease
Protecting Florida Horses From Mosquitoes
West Nile Virus
Use and Application of DEET Repellent