Mosquito-Proof Your Yard: After the Rain, Eliminate Standing Water

By Admin3

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Viruses like Zika are spread by mosquitoes, which breed in and near standing water. There are simple steps you can take to help control mosquitoes in and around your home, particularly before and after any amount of rain.

Quick Guide: Mosquito-Proof Your Yard (NJ Dept. of Health) – PDF

Help Control Mosquitoes that Spread Dengue, Chikungunya, and Zika Viruses (CDC) – PDF

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), “Female mosquitoes lay several hundred eggs on the walls of water-filled containers.” The eggs “stick to containers like glue” until they are scrubbed off — even when the water is drained.

Mosquito eggs can survive up to eight months in dried-out containers. If the eggs stay attached to the container and are covered with water later, they will hatch and become adults in a week.

When emptying standing water, be sure to scrub the inside of containers to remove the eggs.

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Read more about protection from mosquitoes on the Livingston Health Department’s web page here.



The CDC recommends taking the following measures to eliminate standing water in and around your home:

Once a week:

Check inside and outside your home for items that hold water, such as buckets, toys, pools, birdbaths, vases, flowerpots, pet water bowls, used tires, or trash cans.

Cover, turn over, throw away, or empty & scrub these items  to ensure that they won’t collect standing water and allow mosquito eggs to hatch.


Tightly cover water storage containers such as buckets, cisterns, and rain barrels. If using wire mesh to cover containers, make sure the holes in the mesh are smaller than an adult mosquito.


More Information:

See the CDC and NJ Department of Health websites for more information about the Zika virus.

PLUS: This checklist is useful for finding and eliminating mosquito breeding sites around your home. (Created by the Mississippi State Department of Health.)

WATCH: Don’t Grow Mosquitoes (NJ Dept. of Health)