Mosquito Season is Here, Try These Safety Tips to Prevent Disease Transmission


As temperatures rise this summer, so does the risk for mosquitos. Some regions of California continue to be flood-impacted and freestanding water can serve as a breeding ground for mosquitos, increasing the risk for mosquito bites and mosquito-transmitted diseases 

The California Governor’s Office of Emergency Services (Cal OES) wants you to stay safe from mosquitos. Here are a few steps you and your family can take to prepare for mosquito season and protect yourselves. 

Protect Yourself 

  • Wear mosquito repellant on your skin and clothing. 
  • Utilize properly fitted door and window screens. 
  • Wear long sleeves and pants for extra protection. 

Remember, mosquitos are most active at dusk and dawn, so try do outside activities during the middle of the day when mosquitos are less likely to be out. 

Did you know by day five, mosquitos can begin to breed in still water? Some mosquitos can lay their eggs in as little as ¼” of water—that’s as small as a bottle cap full! 

Prevent the Spread  

Get rid of stagnant water sources around your home such as: 

  • abandoned pools and kiddie pools 
  • birdbaths 
  • pet water bowls 
  • rain barrels 
  • open trash cans 
  • wheelbarrows 
  • watering cans 
  • any open containers where water can accumulate 

Allow water to flow, for example, if you have a water fountain or pond, please ensure it contains a pump for continuous water movement. 

In addition, please allow water to properly drain, ensuring flower bed and pots have drain holes or drain systems. Do not over-water plants so much that water pools around them. 


Additional Resources: 

Best Practices for Mosquito Control Practices in California – California Department of Public Health 

Mosquito and Vector Control Association of California 

Don’t Give Bugs a Biting Chance ( 

Guide to Important Mosquitoes in CA 

What You Should Know About Mosquito Control and Pesticides (