Warm weather and mosquitoes will be here before you know it, leading many of us to look for ways to enjoy the outdoors without being pestered by those annoying little—and sometimes disease-bearing—biters.
There is a lot of information being disseminated by health organizations about health risks to humans from mosquito bites (see CDC links, below). But besides protecting ourselves from being targets, we need to work at eliminating mosquito habitat and controlling their numbers. There are a number of ways we can do this safely and effectively.
Because mosquitoes have no trouble flying from yard to yard, the best way to combat them is to work with our neighbors to collectively identify and implement opportunities to reduce mosquito populations. Below is a set of approaches that are suggested by entomologists, public health organizations, and agricultural extension programs.
2. For areas of uncovered water, like ponds or bird baths, consider these approaches:
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention:
Westnile Prevention & Control
Avoid Mosquito Bites
Help Control Mosquitoes that Spread Dengue, Chikungunya, and Zika Viruses Fact Sheet
Mosquito Control—Environmental Protection Agency
Avoid Asian Tiger Mosquitoes—Maryland Department of Agriculture
Backyard Mosquito Management—Beyond Pesticides
Honeybee Love: Keeping Honeybees Safe While Using Pesticides
Much thanks to Susan Gitlin for allowing me to post her article. How to Control Mosquitoes Without Killing Pollinators and Other Important Wildlife originally appeared on the Arlington Regional Master Naturalist site. Susan is a Virginia Master Naturalist and enthusiastic pollinator advocate.