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Reducing Mosquitoes in Your Neighborhood

 Well-informed and active residents are important and necessary partners in reducing mosquito breeding habitat in the community. Aside from the annoyance of a mosquito bite, an infected mosquito can spread disease. 

Please use the resources below to learn more about your role in mosquito prevention. 
Visit the CDC for more information on diseases carried by mosquitoes.

To find out more about city efforts to monitor and reduce mosquitoes on city-owned property, visit Mosquito Control in Rockville.
What type of mosquitoes am I encountering?
There are several types of mosquitoes and each have different breeding habits, so it is important to identify what species of mosquito you are encountering.

The primary nuisance mosquito in Montgomery County is the non-native Asian tiger mosquito They are dark with white markings, aggressive, only bite during the day, breed
 in small containers and travel up to 300 feet from where they hatch. If you feel them biting you, then they are breeding nearby. 

Asian Tiger Mosquito
Asian tiger mosquito (MD Dept. of Agriculture)
mosquito breeding sites
Mosquitoes need very little water to breed.
Eliminate or treat standing water around your
home to reduce mosquitoes.

Another common mosquito is the native Culex pipiens which is most active at night, gray-brown colored, lays eggs in stagnant bodies of water and can fly about a mile or two.

The good news is that homeowners can greatly reduce an infestation.

The most effective method of controlling mosquitoes is reducing or eliminating the containers which are the source of the problem. Asian tiger mosquitoes can breed in something as small as a bottle cap! Follow the tips below to help protect against mosquitoes.

Protect Your Family
  • Avoid areas of high mosquito infestation.
  • Avoid outdoor activities at times when mosquitoes are most active.
  • Wear long pants, a long-sleeve shirt and a hat when outdoors.
  • Use mosquito repellents containing DEET. Consult a physician before applying DEET to young children.
  • Protect dogs against heartworm disease, which is spread by mosquitoes. 
  • For more information on avoiding mosquito bites, watch Mosquito Bites: Bite Them Before They Bite You
Protect Your Yard
  • Eliminate standing water from containers such as flowerpot saucers, watering cans, buckets, old tires, potted plant trays, buckets, garage can lids, boats, tarps etc.
  • Clean roof gutters and downspout screens regularly.
  • Change the water and clean bird baths, at least once a week. 
  • Position corrugated drain pipes to ensure drainage or dump out.
  • Fill in low spots in your yard where water pools.
  • For a comprehensive guide to eliminating mosquito breeding sites in your yard, visit the Backyard Mosquito Checklist.
Protect Your Community

General Mosquito Resources