You may be itching to get outside, but it’s the season for unwanted company to hone in on your fun – mosquitoes. The Environmental Health and Sustainability (EHS) team began setting traps in April to study these blood-sucking pests.
Captured mosquitoes are sent to a lab to identify their species, as well as any viruses they carry. The test results also help determine which areas of the City are earmarked for spraying.
Fight the bite this summer by following the 3 D’s:
DRESS – Mosquitoes are less attracted to light-colored clothing. Long sleeves and pants help keep you from getting bit. For extra protection, spray clothing with mosquito repellent.
DEFEND – Apply insect repellent before you go outdoors. Use products with DEET (N, N-diethyl-m-toluamide), an Environmental Protection Agency approved ingredient. Also consider natural alternatives like orange spray, eucalyptus and citronella. Always follow label instructions when applying repellent.
DRAIN – Eliminate places around your home where mosquitoes can breed – drain standing water. Places where water collects include trash carts, old tires, flowerpots, rain gutters and bird baths. Replenish water in pet bowl daily. Run pool equipment 8 hours a day to prevent mosquito breeding.
Find out how you can take action at home to reduce Plano’s mosquito population this season.
Sign up for Plano City Call to receive mosquito spraying alerts.