2016 Mosquito Surveillance & Management - Help Prevent WNV & Zika Virus

Posted by April Reiling on Mar 15, 2016
Tags: Community, Denton County, Government, Town News, Public Health, Parks, Trophy Club Park, Water, West Nile Virus, Zika Virus

This winter season has been unusually wet and warm, providing attractive breeding conditions for a variety of insects, including mosquitoes. 

For the second year, the Town has contracted with an independent company specializing in mosquito surveillance and abatement for the 2016 mosquito season, which begins 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:

Learn how to eliminate mosquito breeding sites from your property.

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).

The Denton County Health Department Health Emergency Alert Response Team (HEART) provides coordination and support for state, federal and local health agency response to urgent and emergent public health threats. 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.