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Mosquito season has begun, and prevention is key

Posted May 1, 2020

gutters in a house filled with water
Standing water in gutters provides a prime breeding site for mosquitoes. Make sure rain gutters drain properly.

The 2020 mosquito season is underway in Fort Worth. The Code Compliance Department has begun setting out 73 mosquito traps for this year’s testing.

Mosquito surveillance is a significant prevention tool used by the city and its partners, the University of North Texas Health Science Center and Tarrant County Public Health. Partners collect and identify mosquitoes and test them for various diseases such as the West Nile virus. Surveillance and testing occur weekly from May through the end of October.

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

Protect yourself, your family and your 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 could cause water to collect.
  • Inspect your yard after ever rain event. Empty any containers or areas where water has collected. Watch for puddles where condensation gathers from the air-conditioning unit.
  • Use screens on windows and doors, and repair any holes in the screens.
  • Use insect repellent anytime you’re outside. Choose insect repellent with one of these active ingredients: DEET, Picaridin or oil of lemon. Learn more about effective repellents.

To learn more, call the city’s customer service call center at 817-392-1234 or visit the city’s mosquito prevention webpage.

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