2017 Mosquito Information and West Nile/Zika Prevention

Posted by Sherri Lewis on May 04, 2017
Tags: Community, Denton County, Public Health, Town News, West Nile Virus, Zika Virus

It’s that time of year — mosquito season. 
Learn how to eliminate mosquito breeding sites from your property.

For the third year, the Town has contracted with an independent company specializing in mosquito surveillance and abatement for the 2017 mosquito season, which began May 1st. The Mosquito Management Program includes weather monitoring, activity reports, inspection and ongoing larvicide treatment of known mosquito development sites, storm water catch basin inspection and treatment, adult mosquito surveillance (four traps located in known mosquito areas, one is a Zika trap) and weekly testing of trapped samples. Adulticide treatment (fogging) may be deployed if a positive West Nile or Zika Virus mosquito is confirmed in one of our traps.

Visit the following county websites for West Nile Virus (WNV) Reporting Updates:

Prevention is Key
Although West Nile Virus (WNV) infections are rare in humans, personal protection is very important, especially for those who are 50 and over. Residents should take the proper precautions to reduce the risk of getting the mosquito-borne WNV by remembering the Four D's: dress, defend, dusk/dawn and drain.

  • DRESS to avoid mosquito bites by wearing long, loose and light-colored clothing when outside;
  • DEFEND yourself by using insect repellents approved by the EPA or CDC;
  • DUSK to DAWN outside activities should be avoided when possible, and especially if one isn’t dressed and prepared with repellent; and
  • DRAIN all areas of standing water in and around the home, including wading pools, pet dishes and birdbaths

Citizens should also make special efforts to reduce potential mosquito breeding areas within their yards and within their neighborhoods. Eliminate any standing water that collects on your property, for example, drain tires, cans, flowerpot saucers or anything else that holds water. Make sure gutters drain properly and clean gutters regularly. Change the water in birdbaths at least once a week. Use BTI briquettes, or larvicide briquettes, in standing water. BTI is a biological control agent that is very specific for killing mosquito larvae (available at home improvement and hardware stores).

For general questions about West Nile virus in humans please call the Denton County Health Department's West Nile Hotline at 940-349-2907. For general questions about West Nile virus in animals, please call the Texas Cooperative Extension at 940-349-2882.

If you believe you are experiencing any West Nile Virus symptoms such as high fever, severe headache, disorientation, and/or neck stiffness, immediately contact your doctor or health care provider. If you do not have a health care provider, please contact your local emergency room or urgent care center.