Keeping mosquitos away
The County of San Diego recently shared some information about invasive Aedes mosquitoes that are active in our region. These small, black and white striped mosquitoes like to lay their eggs in small amounts of water. Here’s how you can fight back:
- Make sure to dump out any water sources to help prevent mosquito breeding near you.
- Put screens on windows and doors. Aedes mosquitoes can live and breed indoors.
- Wear long sleeves and pants. They are aggressive biters indoors and outdoors, especially during the day.
- Apply insect repellent containing an EPA approved active ingredient such as: DEET, picaridin, oil of lemon eucalyptus, Para-menthane-diol, 2-undecanone, or IR3535.Use insect repellent as directed on the label.
The county conducts larvicide drops in lagoons and other waterways several times each year during mosquito breeding season. If you are being bitten by mosquitoes during daylight hours, find mosquitoes that look like invasive Aedes mosquitoes or notice increased mosquito activity you can report it to the county by calling 858-694-2888 or emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
Learn more on the county’s website.
The City of Carlsbad can help with some other animal and pest control problems, but most are handled by other government agencies and private companies.