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Do I need to spray for mosquitoes at home?

It depends. If you’re concerned about getting sick with a mosquito-borne disease, ask yourself a few questions first.

With new mosquito diseases like Chikungunya and the Zika virus, more companies are offering mosquito control services. Pesticide applications offer no guarantees. Many of the pesticides available for residential use may not last for long. Mosquitoes that fly into your yard a few days after the treatment may be unaffected. Automatic misting systems may carry additional risks.

Breeding sites

The mosquitoes that carry the Zika virus can only fly short distances. From the pool of water where they grew up, they typically fly less than a quarter of a mile. Below are some tips to reduce mosquito populations in and around your yard.

Ways to lower your risk

If you choose to use a pesticide product for mosquitoes in your area, read and follow the label directions closely. The following options may reduce the risk of pesticide exposure.

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 us at npic@ace.orst.edu.

Last updated September 17, 2020

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