You can report chronic standing water where mosquitoes could breed during mosquito season. Mosquito season is April 1 to October 31.

You can report standing water in private or public locations, such as:

  • Birdbaths or fish ponds
  • Construction sites
  • Planters or steel drums
  • Pool covers and unchlorinated pools
  • Roof gutters
  • Tires and other debris
  • Yards or vacant lots
  • Parks

Mosquitoes only breed in water that has been standing for at least five days. Complaints are not accepted about water that stands for less than five days after rain, or standing water on City streets. You cannot make requests for mosquito spraying.

It is the property owner's responsibility to remove standing water on their property. Property owners who fail to do so may be subject to a fine if a city inspector finds standing water on their property during mosquito season. If the standing water is on a neighboring property please try to speak to the property owner about the condition before you file a report.

What Happens Next

You may be called by the City if additional information about your report is needed.

Mosquitoes that breed during colder months do not carry West Nile Virus. They live mainly in sewers, wet or damp cellars, or in blocked drains. If you have mosquitoes in your home in colder months, you should:

  • Inspect basement walls and ceilings for mosquitoes
  • Use caulk to fill gaps between waste pipes entering your home and the floors or walls
  • Install fine metal screens on all tubs and sinks
  • Hire an an exterminator certified by the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation

Mosquitoes are attracted to light. They will fly to bright windows at night and gather on and around doors with outside porch lights. Mosquitoes can easily fly into homes when doors are opened.

The following steps will help prevent mosquitoes from entering your home:

  • Repair any holes in window screens.
  • Place door sweeps on doors that have large gaps at the top or bottom.
  • Replace porch lights with yellow bulbs (mosquitoes aren't usually attracted to yellow bulbs).
  • Close gaps in window mounted air conditioners.

Mosquitoes can breed in very small amounts of water. You can prevent mosquitos from breeding by following these steps:

  • Discard unused items where water can accumulate and breed mosquitoes, such as buckets, discarded tires, cans and bottles.
  • Remove water from flower pots, bases and saucers, and use sand to absorb excess water.
  • Remove water from garbage and recycling pails, plastic bottles and cans.
  • Remove leaves from roof and balcony gutters.
  • Remove leaves from birdbaths and change the water every 2 to 3 days.
  • Cover swimming pools when they are not being regularly used.
  • Remove water from pool covers, discarded tires and barrels.
  • Place lids tightly on pails or place holes at bottom of pails that cannot be covered so that any water can drain.

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