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Mosquitoes

Mosquitoes are more than just a nuisance, they also can carry viruses.

Reducing the mosquito population and your risk of being bitten by them is the best way to prevent infection.

Follow these steps to protect yourself and those in your home:

Protect yourself, your family and community

  • Dump standing water in and around your home by emptying and scrubbing all outdoor containers such as pools, toys, planters, birdbaths and trash containers.
  • Tightly cover water storage containers such as buckets, cisterns and rain barrels so that mosquitoes cannot get inside to lay eggs.
  • Clean out gutters to avoid standing water. Examine gutters for damage that would cause water to collect.
  • Inspect your yard after every rainfall and empty any containers or areas where water has collected. Also watch for puddles where condensation gathers from the AC unit.
  • Use screens on windows and doors and repair holes in the screens.
  • Apply insect repellent anytime you’re outside. an Use insect repellent with one of these active ingredients: DEET, Picaridin or oil of lemon/eucalyptus or other EPA-approved repellent.

For more information on ways to protect yourself, visit the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention website.

Monitoring

The City of Fort Worth has 71 trap locations that are monitored weekly. Mosquitoes that are collected are tested, in partnership with Tarrant County Public Health for West Nile virus and St. Louis encephalitis.

Mosquitoes are not tested for the Zika virus since this virus hasn’t been identified locally.

Educational Materials

Educate your neighbors, classroom or workplace with this printable information: