National Pesticide Information Center



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:

  • Empty water from containers such as flower pots, birdbaths, pet water dishes, cans, gutters, tires and buckets regularly to disrupt the mosquito breeding cycle.
  • Keep windows and door screens in good working order to prevent mosquitoes from entering your home.
  • If possible, wear long-sleeved shirts and long pants while outdoors, consider staying indoors early in the morning and evening when mosquitoes are most active.
  • Maintain your swimming pool to prevent mosquito breeding, and report abandoned pools to your local health department.
  • Use mosquito netting over infants carriers when infants are outdoors.
  • Consider using an insect repellent, be sure to follow the label directions for applying the repellent. For help selecting a mosquito repellent, try our Insect Repellent Locator.

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.

Eliminating Mosquitoes in Your Environment

Automatic Misting Systems

Ultrasonic Mosquito Devices

Community Mosquito Control Efforts

To find out whether or not your community sprays for mosquitoes, try contacting your community agency managing public health pests or local health department.

Fogging and Aerial Applications

Resources for Community Mosquito Control/Vector Control

Return to Mosquito Information

If you have questions about this, or any pesticide-related topic, please call NPIC at 1-800-858-7378 (8:00am - 12:00pm PST), or email at npic@ace.orst.edu.

Last updated March 15, 2016