Homeowners can take the following steps to prevent mosquito breeding on their own property:
Other important tips:
Mosquito activity is generally the highest around dusk and dawn. If you know you will be in areas of high mosquito activity use DEET based repellants, due to their good performance and safety record.
Insect repellants with DEET (N, N-diethylmetatoluamide) are very effective at keeping these pests away. While DEET doesn't actually repel mosquitoes it does "mask" us so mosquitoes can't find us. Higher concentrations don't work better, they just last longer. Children should use concentrations of 10 % or less. Adults can tolerate concentrations up to 30 percent. DEET should be sparingly applied -- no need to be generous as you would with sunblock. Put a little on your hands, rub them together and then rub your hands over your exposed skin or that of your child. DEET should be reapplied every few hours particularly if sweating. Although DEET is oily, consider rubbing it sparingly over lighter clothing to reduce the likelihood of bites through the clothes. Vitamins and Avon Skin-so-soft do not work reliably as mosquito repellants.