Please Still DUMP Standing Water

Article Source:  San Mateo County Mosquito & Vector Control District - CA

When it rains, dump and drain to prevent mosquitoes!

Good afternoon, everyone. The weather has been rainy lately, and you know what that means: mosquitoes! Just a few ounces of standing water can produce hundreds of mosquitoes in less than a week, even in chilly weather. 

We’ll be checking all the big areas of standing water like lakes, ponds, creeks, ditches, and marshes for mosquito larvae, but we need your help with the standing water on your property. 

Please take a moment to look around your home or business for anything that's holding water, and dump or drain it if you can. That includes empty buckets or flowerpots, plant saucers, birdbaths, canoes and kayaks, folds in tarps, and trash or debris. Check your gutters, too, and make sure they're not blocked by leaves or other debris. 

If there's something you can't dump or drain, like your koi pond, water garden, or livestock trough, give us a call! We can stop by with FREE mosquito-eating fish (Gambusia) or give you advice on other solutions. We can also help you locate and resolve the source of any mosquito issues in your neighborhood. 

If you have questions or would like to request a technician visit, please visit or call (650) 344-8592. All of our services (rodent and wildlife inspections, yellow jacket and wasp nest removal, pest identification, and more) are available to ANY resident of San Mateo County and there is never a fee for any of our services. Sincerely, Megan Sebay Public Health Education and Outreach Officer San Mateo County Mosquito and Vector Control District (650) 344-8592 | Follow us: |


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