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Mosquitoes travel, so it's hard to keep them out of certain areas when there's a large population in your neighborhood. To prevent bites, you can use this page to learn about mosquito biology, tips to help prevent mosquitoes and mosquito control methods.



Mosquito Topics:

Preventing Mosquitoes

Many community agencies conduct wide area mosquito spraying (or fogging) to control local mosquito populations, however there are steps you can take to reduce mosquito populations without using insecticides, such as removing standing water to prevent young mosquitoes from growing up. You can also protect yourself from mosquito bites with various insect repellents on the market today. For help selecting a mosquito repellent, try our Insect Repellent Locator or our My Repellent Finder App.

Mosquito Control Methods

There are steps you can take to reduce mosquito populations without using insecticides. Here are some tips to consider when trying to avoid mosquito bites: Insecticides can also be used to help control mosquitoes. Some products are designed to be applied directly to water to control mosquito larvae, while others are used more broadly to control adult mosquitoes. Some community agencies provide mosquito control as a service to the public and may apply pesticides by trucks or planes. Visit the links below to get more information about how to control mosquitoes.
Pesticides Used In Mosquito Control

There are a variety of products available on the market for the public and for professionals when it comes to mosquito control. Larvicides are chemicals designed to be applied directly to water to control mosquito larvae. Adulticides are used in fogging and spraying to control adult mosquitoes. Synergists are not toxic to the mosquitoes themselves, but they make adulticides more effective. Some communities provide mosquito control as a service to the public and may apply pesticides from trucks or planes.
If you decide to use a pesticide for mosquito control, always remember to read and follow the label instructions carefully.