Are you raising your own mosquitoes?
FCMC is asking for your participation in reducing mosquito populations in your neighborhood. There are many cases in which homeowners are inadvertently breeding their own mosquitoes! It takes very little water to produce hundreds or even thousands of mosquitoes.
Backyard Mosquito Sources and Corrective Actions
Tires: Unused tires without rims provide a perfect habitat for mosquito production, especially if you add a little bit of organic material such as leaves. Store all tires indoors or lying flat with a cover suitable to prevent them from collecting water.
Rain Gutters: Gutters can become clogged with debris, sag over time and collect enough water to become a source of mosquitoes. Flush gutters to clean debris and raise sags to maintain steady flow during a rain event.
Swimming Pools: Properly maintained pools (cleaned regularly, chlorinated and covered) generally pose no problems. Unused pools, especially small wading pools, can quickly become skeeter breeders. Maintain pools and discard old unused pools.
Boat covers and tarps: Sagging boat covers or other tarped items tend to collect leaves and other material that will produce mosquitoes. Tighten tarps to prevent sags.
Flower pots and bird baths: Dump old water and clean once a week. Agitated water or operating fountains generally do not breed mosquitoes.
Buckets, cans, wheel barrows: Anything that can collect water and debris can become a potential mosquito breeding habitat. Dump water and debris from containers. Store any item that can collect water upside down.