Mosquito Facts and Educational Resources
Here you will find educational resources on mosquitoes, their breeding habitats, and how you can help protect yourself from nuisance bites and mosquito-borne diseases.
What Attracts Mosquitos to Humans & Animals
Mosquitoes can leave itchy, red, and bumpy bites on us while others can be a carrier of disease pathogens. Learn what attracts mosquitoes to us, when they bite, and where they are commonly found.
Mosquito Breeding Habitats
The mosquito’s ideal habitat to breed is stagnant water. Containers like flower planters, gutters, pools, potholes, and tires are all common objects where mosquito larvae can be found. Click here for a checklist of actions you can take to help protect yourself from mosquito bites and reduce mosquito breeding habitats on your property.
The 4Ds: Protect Yourself and Your Community
It’s common to spend time in nature to relax and reset, but silent threats like mosquitoes can make this difficult and even dangerous. One of the reasons mosquitoes so often plague our outdoor activities is because they are highly efficient at reproducing. The best way to protect yourself when spending time outdoors is to remember the 4Ds:
Defend: Consistently wear and reapply an EPA-registered repellent when outdoors. The safest and most effective repellents should contain 10-30% DEET (N, N Diethyl-meta-toluamide).
Dress: Wear closed-toe shoes, light colors, and long sleeves and pants to keep your skin protected
Drain: Dump standing water around your home to prevent mosquito breeding habitats
Dusk & Dawn: Limit spending time outdoors when mosquitoes are most active
Center for Disease Control (CDC) Resources
Want to learn more about mosquitoes, diseases, mosquito bites, and mosquito control? Visit the CDC’s website for more information.