Mosquitoes find their hosts by the use of antennae and NOT by sight. They are attracted to moisture, warmth, and carbon dioxide-exactly what you exhale, which frequently leads them to you as you sleep.
* Mosquitoes are most active in the early evening and morning hours, and if you go outside, personal protection is possible using an approved mosquito repellant containing at least 30% DEET.***Follow the manufacturer's instructions when using these products***
The First Line of Defense-Go After Potential Mosquito Breeding Sources--
You can greatly improve your mosquito situation by checking your property and eliminating all the sources of stagnant water, denying the female mosquito places to lay her eggs. Also, rethink having bird feeders; they draw host birds to your property.
Other areas to check include:
Catch basins; Ditches; Low-lying depressions; Storm sewer drains; Decorative ponds; Wet areas by outdoor faucets; Sprinkler system outlets that leak; Street gutters in front of your house; Water troughs; Tarps that collect water; Play toys that hold water; Air conditioner drains; Unused equipment--even boats; and any area where rainwater or runoff collects.
You can stock mosquitofish in any decorative ponds that you wish to maintain, keeping the mosquito population in check. You can also report dead birds (especially ravens, crows, magpies, and blue jays) for pickup and testing to the same phone number.