Mosquitoes are small, long-legged, two-winged insects belonging to the order Diptera. Worldwide, there are over 2,600 known species. In Indiana, fifty-three species have been identified.
Mosquito-borne diseases are spread by the bite of an infected mosquito. Diseases that are spread to people by mosquitoes include Zika virus, West Nile virus, Chikungunya virus, dengue, and malaria.
Reduce mosquito breeding opportunities by emptying standing water from flowerpots, gutters, buckets, pool covers, pet water dishes, discarded tires and birdbaths at least weekly.
Be sure to tightly secure screens on all openings on rain barrels used for water conservation.
Clean up any trash or leaves that may be around your home or in rain gutters.
Toss away old containers or other items where water can collect, including old flower pots.
Tip outdoor furniture to avoid standing water on cushions.
Also, avoid interaction with mosquitoes by staying indoors from dusk to dawn when mosquitoes are most active. If you must be outside, protect your skin with repellant and wear appropriate clothing. Light colors are least attractive to mosquitoes.