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. It’s as easy as Five by Five.
Follow these steps to protect yourself and those in your home:
- Avoid going outdoors at dawn and dusk when mosquitoes are most active
- Use insect repellent with DEET, picaridin or oil of lemon eucalyptus on exposed skin.
- Wear long sleeves and pants to leave less of your skin exposed. Spraying clothing with permethrin provides extra protection.
- Remove mosquito habitats from your property. Drain standing water where can mosquitoes breed, and maintain your swimming pool. Any amount of standing water can give mosquitoes a place to lay their eggs. The city is calling on residents to help control mosquito population by working with your neighbors to find standing water. Visit the EPA website for more information.
For more information on ways to protect yourself, visit the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention website.
Mosquito-borne Virus Information
Mosquito traps have been placed at 42 Fort Worth fire stations, and will monitored. Mosquitoes will be 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.
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