What You Can Do
- Get rid of all standing water on your premises.
Discard unnecessary containers, including old tires, that may catch and
hold water. Drain horse troughs, bird baths, small ponds, etc., weekly or add mosquito fish (available
free from Maricopa County Vector Control, call for availability) to any permanent body of water. Repair
any water leak, hose, sprinkler system, or cooler that may cause water to pond.
- Control your irrigation.
Fill low spots and level your yard or pasture. Don't over irrigate. Water
should never stand more than three days, even in tree wells. Ditches and culverts should be designed
to drain out when not in use. Ditch banks and tailwater ponds should be kept free of vegetation and
floating debris. If underground irrigation system does not drain, prevent mosquito entrance by closing
valves and providing tight covers or screens on standpipes between irrigations.
Close septic tanks tightly. Be sure that the cleanout plug or inspection
hatch is not open even a crack. Drain unused coolers, water closets, wading pools or any unused equipment
that may be holding water accessible to mosquitoes.
- Conduct a Backyard Checklist.