"The mosquitoes that we worry about in particular will feed and breed in any standing water around the house. Mosquito larvae have been found breeding in containers as small as a bottle cap," Slotman said.
Since mosquitoes don't move far from their breeding site, Slotman said people should clear clogged gutters, empty flower pots with pools of water, and dump garbage can lids with pools of water. Even something as small as an empty soda can can be prime spots for breeding.
"If it can not be emptied it should be treated with Bti, Bacillus thuringiensis israelenis, which is a mosquito larvae insecticide," Slotman said.
Another tip -- keep the grass cut and bushes trimmed. Slotman said mosquitoes use these areas to rest before another feeding. Spray insecticides don't often reach them in these hidden spots.
But Slotman cautions people to not rush out to coat the yard in insecticides and those using misting systems should be careful.
"Whenever people over-apply insecticides, we worry about the risk of the mosquito populations developing a resistance. We have a limited number of insecticides that work and we want to make sure they keep working," Slotman said.