Mosquito Prevention Checklist

  • Keep house plants in damp soil instead of water.
  • Keep flower pot saucers dry and avoid over-watering potted plants.
  • Empty and scrub flower vases twice weekly.
  • Empty and wash pet’s water container twice per week.
  • Keep refrigerator troughs dry.
  • Punch holes in bottom of tins before placing them in the garbage.
  • Get rid of all old tyres, tins, bottles, plastic containers, coconut shells and anything in which rain water can settle.
  • Cover trash containers to keep out rain water.
  • Cover all drums, barrels, tanks, buckets and any other container that is used to store water.
  • Repair leaky pipes and outdoor taps.
  • Keep grass cut short and shrubbery well trimmed so adult mosquitoes will not hide there.
  • Keep drains and ditches clear of weeds and trash so water will drain properly.
  • Fill in or drain any low places (puddles, ruts) in yard.
  • Clear roof gutters and eaves often to prevent water from settling.
  • Use commercially available insecticide.
  • Protect yourself from mosquito bites by:
    • Using a mosquito repellant that contains DEET
    • Sleeping under a mosquito net
    • Closing windows before dark
    • Opening windows and doors during fogging
    • Wearing light coloured clothing andcovering your body as much as possible.