9 tips to avoid mosquitoes in and around your home

9 tips to avoid mosquitoes in and around your home
A mosquito bites a human.

You hear that buzz? Yep, it’s mosquito season again in Central Florida.

Our most annoying seasonal residents – other than maybe lovebugs – are back and ready to breed, and bite.

READ: 5 reasons you’ll probably get bitten by mosquitoes

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Channel 9 compiled a list of things to do and not to do to avoid mosquitoes in and around your yard:

  1. Get rid of standing water. Mosquitoes breed in water, so the best way to keep them from spawning in your yard is to get rid of any excess standing water. Think puddles, fish ponds, birdbaths, rain barrels, used tires, leaf-clogged drains, plant saucers, etc.
  2. There is no evidence that sound-emitting devices will repel mosquitoes, according to the University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences.
  3. Studies have determined bug zappers use ultraviolet light to lure mosquitoes into an electrocuting trap do not reduce the number of mosquitoes, and they kill other bugs, such as moths and beetles, more than mosquitoes.
  4. Birds and bats cannot significantly reduce numbers and control mosquito populations during peak abundance.
  5. The best way to avoid being bitten is to stay clear of mosquito-infested areas and wear protective clothing and insect repellent, IFAS officials say.
  6. A half-cup of water can breed enough mosquitoes to cause a problem, IFAS officials say. You can get rid of your mosquito problems simply and without using pesticides by eliminating breeding locations around the home and yard.
  7. The Florida Department of Health recommends it is best to flush out containers, such as birdbaths and bromeliad plants, every three to four days during the summer to keep mosquitoes from breeding.
  8. DOH officials said fans can be used to keep mosquitoes away. Mosquitoes are weak flyers. Operating a fan on high will help keep flying mosquitoes out of the area.
  9. Repair torn window and door screens to keep mosquitoes from getting indoors.