Los Angeles County West Vector & Vector-Borne Disease Control District
Mosquito Control Checklist
standing water to lay their eggs.
anything that can hold water for more than 3 days
Dump and drain
the water once a week: Empty and scrub, turn over, cover, or throw away all
items that hold water.
water storage containers, so that mosquitoes cant get inside to lay eggs. Rain
barrels must be tightly sealed at all entrances with 1/16th inch wire mesh and
and outside your home.
Potted plant saucers &
Buckets and other containers
Trash cans and trash can lids
Recyclables & recycle
Fountains, birdbaths, ponds
Water bowls for pets
Animal water troughs
Bromeliads and other plants
that naturally collect and hold water
Leaky hoses, sprinklers,
Rain barrels, cisterns, and/or
homemade water collection and storage containers
Items stored outside around
your home or yard or place in a sheltered area
Tires, miscellaneous items or
Outdoor toys, tire swings, and
basketball hoop bases
Lilly pots and/or water
Swimming pool and/or spa
Lawn ornaments and/or lawn
Covers or tarps on boats, cars
or recreational vehicles
Tree holes & low areas with
Street gutters & pot holes
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Control Mosquitoes Inside Your Home
Use screens on
windows and doors. Repair holes in screens to keep mosquitoes outside.
for mosquito larvae breeding in water holding plants inside your home (i.e.
lucky bamboo, bromeliads, vases, plant saucers)
Use air conditioning when available.
Sleep under a mosquito bed net if air conditioned or screened rooms are not
available or if sleeping outdoors.
Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)-registered insect repellents with one of
the active ingredients below. When used as directed, EPA-registered insect
repellents* are proven safe and effective, even for pregnant and breastfeeding
4. Oil of lemon eucalyptus
*Find the insect repellent thats right for you by using
EPAs search tool.
Tips for Everyone
Always follow the product label instructions.
Reapply insect repellent as directed.
Do not spray repellent on the skin under clothing.
If you are also using sunscreen, apply sunscreen first and insect repellent
Tips for Babies & Children
Always follow instructions when applying insect repellent to children.
Do not use insect repellent on babies younger than 2 months old.
Do not apply insect repellent onto a childs hands, eyes, mouth, and cut or
Adults: Spray insect repellent onto your hands and then apply to a childs
Do not use products containing oil of lemon eucalyptus (OLE) or
para-menthane-diol (PMD) on children under 3 years old.
Natural insect repellents (repellents not registered with EPA)
We do not know the effectiveness of non-EPA registered insect repellents,
including some natural repellents.
To protect yourself against diseases spread by mosquitoes, CDC and EPA
recommend using an EPA-registered insect repellent.
Choosing an EPA-registered repellent ensures the EPA has evaluated the product
Visit the EPA website to learn more.
Wear long-sleeved shirts and long pants
Dress your child in clothing that covers arms and legs.
Cover crib, stroller, and baby carrier with mosquito netting.
Treat items, such as boots, pants, socks, and tents, with permethrin* or buy
permethrin-treated clothing and gear.
Permethrin-treated clothing will protect you after multiple washings. See
product information to find out how long the protection will last.
If treating items yourself, follow the product instructions.
Do not use permethrin products directly on skin