How to find & eliminate mosquitoes

The county’s invasive mosquitoes can live and complete their life cycle either indoors or outdoors. Eggs are laid along the waterline of any water-holding container such as flower vases, plant saucers, buckets, used tires, and even plants that hold water like bamboo or bromeliads. Eggs can remain alive for years, and hatch into larvae when conditions are right.
Look for:
  • small, black mosquitoes with white stripes
  • mosquitoes active and biting during the day — even indoors!
  • immature mosquitoes (larvae and pupae) swimming in stagnant water

Mosquito Life Cycle

The invasive, black-and-white mosquitoes can lay their eggs individually along the waterline of any container. This reduces the effectiveness of “dump and drain!”

life cycle

Eliminating the Threat

  • Remove or drill holes in the bottom of all plant pots, saucers, barrels, bins, and old tires.
  • Do not keep water in buckets or root plant cuttings in water. Sharing plant cuttings can spread mosquito eggs.
  • Cover trashcans, toys and recycle bins, and keep unneeded items out of the rain.
  • Ensure rain barrels are properly sealed. Thousands of eggs can be laid inside rain barrels.
  • Wear insect repellent containing DEET, Picaridin, IR 3535, or oil of lemon eucalyptus.