Fiction:  High weeds and grass cause mosquitoes.

Fact: Mosquitoes rest in high grass, weeds, and shrubs or any thick vegetation during the heat of the day. Mosquitoes must have water to breed.


Fiction:  The creek/ditch/stream running behind my house is the reason why I have a mosquito problem.

Fact:  Most problems with mosquitoes are due to standing/stagnant water, not running water.  Also streams/creeks/ditches often contain fish and other wildlife that eat mosquitoes.


Fiction:  I have red itchy bumps…I must have a big mosquito problem.

Fact:  Possibly, but other insects, dry skin, and contact with poison ivy can cause these same problems.  If you don’t see mosquitoes it may not be mosquitoes.


Fiction:  When it rains, the drainage ditch holds water and breeds mosquitoes.

Fact:  Unless the drainage ditch holds water for 5 to 7 consecutive days, it will not breed mosquitoes.


Fiction:  Bug zappers will kill all the mosquitoes.

Fact:  Bug zappers actually attract more mosquitoes (and other insects) than they kill. Place the bug zapper at the back of your yard and not around the patio area where you entertain.


Fiction:  My neighbor has a pool which is attracting mosquitoes.

Fact:  Unless the swimming pool is not maintained (pump not running, no chlorine in pool water), it should not cause any mosquito problems.


Fiction:  If I call the Health Department, they will come out and spray for mosquitoes.

Fact:  Spraying is not the first line of defense against mosquitoes. It only provides a few days of relief from the mosquitoes.  Standing water is the real problem! Eliminating the mosquito breeding sites in your yard is the first line of defense against the pesky mosquito. 

Mosquito Fact and Fiction

Preventing Mosquitoes and the Diseases they Carry

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