WEST NILE VIRUS PAGE

MOSQUITOES

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Pa. Surveillance Program Status Page

Mosquito Checklist

Is your home a breeding area for mosquitoes?
Use this checklist to find out.

Do you . . .
____ Turn over plastic wading pools or sandboxes when not in use?
____ Turn over wheelbarrows?
____ Dispose of tin cans, plastic containers, ceramic pots, or similar water-holding containers?
         (Don't overlook containers that might be hidden by vegetation.)
____ Dispose of old tires around your home or neighborhood?
____ Clean and chlorinate swimming pools that are not being used?
         (Do not allow water to collect on the cover.)
____ Drill holes in the bottom of all containers that are left outside?
____ Remove water that collects in tarps covering woodpiles, boats, etc?
____ Keep roof gutters clean and dry?
         (Clogged roof gutters can produce millions of mosquitoes each year.)
____ Make sure your pond or water garden has fish in it, or is aerated, or you
         keep "Mosquito Dunk" (Bti) in it?

Score: 8 or more checkmarks = excellent! Keep up the good work.
           5 to 7 checkmarks = Good. Keep looking for those breeding sites.
           Less than 5 checkmarks = Need to get the mosquito patrol to work!

Cartoon explaining how to eliminate breeding sites around your home

Thanks to Penn State for our information.