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Prevention is key as mosquito season begins

Posted May 3, 2018

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man holding up mosquitoes for Mayor Price to see
Joon-Hak Lee, UNTHSC assistant professor of environmental and occupational health, demonstrates to Mayor Betsy Price how he collects and analyzes mosquitoes from more than 60 local sites.

The 2018 mosquito season has officially begun for the Fort Worth Code Compliance Department, which has begun setting out 62 mosquito traps weekly.

Mosquito surveillance is a significant prevention tool used by the city and its partner, the University of North Texas Health Science Center, to collect and identify mosquitoes. The samples are tested for diseases such as West Nile virus. Surveillance and testing occur weekly from May through the end of October.

Prevention is key to help control mosquitoes that spread viruses. Adult mosquitoes live inside and outside, and they can bite during the day and the evening hours. Even a few infected mosquitoes can produce large outbreaks in a community.

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 like buckets, cisterns and rain barrels so mosquitoes cannot get inside to lay eggs.
  • Clean out gutters to avoid standing water. Examine them for damage that might cause water to collect.
  • Inspect your yard after every rain 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; repair holes in screens.
  • Use insect repellent anytime you’re outside.
  • Use insect repellent with one of these active ingredients; DEET, Picaridin or oil of lemon/eucalyptus or other EPA-approved repellent.

To learn more, call 817-392-1234.

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