Fight Mosquitoes One Yard at a Time

You can protect yourself and your family from mosquitoes that may transmit West Nile virus and other viruses.

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In your yard you should:

  • Maintain pools by chlorinating and filtering.
  • Keep pool cover drained.
  • Maintain ornamental ponds. (Stock with fish. Bubblers and fountains prevent mosquitoes from laying eggs.)
  • Clean clogged house gutters of debris.
  • Change water in birdbath and planter bases every 3 days.
  • Turn over containers, buckets, and wading pools.
  • Remove used tires from property.
  • Check window and door screens and repair if needed.

When outdoors at dawn and dusk you should:

  • Wear long sleeve shirt and long pants.
  • Consider insect repellant. (Use according to label directions.)
  • Limit outdoor activities. (Mosquito activity is greatest during the hours of dawn and dusk.)

Erie County Department of Health
Rabies, Disease & Vector Control Program
503 Kensington Avenue
Buffalo, NY 14214
716-961-6800