Fighting Mosquitoes in South Bend

There are several things each of us can do to help control the numbers and proliferation of mosquitoes. One of the best ways to prevent mosquitoes is to eliminate their habitat. You can do this easily by walking around your yard weekly and dumping out any container(s) of standing water. Don't forget clogged gutters and drainpipes.

Mosquitoes only need a small amount of water to lay their eggs in. One successful breeding pair of mosquitoes can become a mass of thousands of mosquitoes in just a few weeks.

Mosquitoes also like to hang out in long grass and thick vegetation. A simple thing like mowing your lawn can keep mosquitoes from hanging out in your yard. Cutting back the vegetation around drainage ditches and ponds helps a lot too. With the early spring weather we've had this year the lawn mowing season has come early. So have the mosquitoes. The City of South Bend will soon be asking property owners to mow any grass over 8" tall to eliminate mosquito habitat.

Mosquito larval control will begin in the City of South Bend in mid-April. If you would like more information on the City of South Bend's mosquito control program, please go to our city website at and click on the "Mosquito Information" link, which will take you to the Three Rivers Mosquito and Vector Control website. There you will find a schedule of mosquito control measures that will be in place for 2015.

We are asking for your help in controlling the mosquito population this year. Remember to mow your lawn and eliminate standing water.

Thank you,

Julie Struck,

South Bend Mayor