What steps should be taken to reduce mosquito nuisance at home?

  • Remove or empty anything that catches or holds standing water, such as old tires, flowerpots, toys, buckets, and plastic tarps on your premises.
  • For plants that hold water, flush with a hose once a week.
  • Use mosquito-eating fish, such as guppies, in unused swimming pools, constructed fish ponds with no outlet to the environment, or other large containers that cannot be removed or emptied of standing water. To protect Hawaii’s rare native species and aquatic habitats, do not release guppies or other alien species into the natural environment.
  • Install or repair window screens and doors to keep out mosquitoes. Screens are your best protection against mosquito nuisance inside your home.
  • Clean your gutters. Remove leaves and debris so water will drain freely.

Aedes albopictus adults usually rest out of doors, in places such as in bushes, but they can be found indoors in houses and other dwellings. Aedes aegypti are most commonly found indoors, and only occasionally outdoors in garden vegetation. These mosquitoes travel less than 200 yards.