FBTX ~ With the coming of warmer spring weather and the recent rains, mosquito populations are already on the rise so Farmers Branch Public Health officials are getting an early start at encouraging mosquito prevention.
"Besides being a nuisance, mosquitoes can transmit diseases like West Nile Virus, Zika Virus, Chikungunya, and even dog heartworm," says Louise Maranzana, Farmers Branch Environmental Health Specialist and mosquito expert. "But there are ways to protect yourself."
To prevent mosquito breeding on your property, residents should:
- Clean out clogged gutters
- Drain or remove all containers that hold water including flowerpot saucers
- Maintain swimming pools and dump wading pools after use
- Dispose of unused tires or drill holes in them
- Repair all leaking faucets or pipes
- Trim vegetation and greenery-mosquitoes love to be in the shade
- Use mosquito dunks in French drains and shallow yard depressions that hold water
- Repair torn window screens
- Fill tree holes with sand or cement
- Replace water in pet bowls and bird baths twice weekly
- Remove tarps and turn wheelbarrows upside down
- Place mosquito-eating fish in aquatic ponds
"And as always, protect yourself by wearing long sleeves and pants and using a mosquito repellant with DEET when outside," says Ms. Maranzana.
To report standing water or stagnant pools call the Farmers Branch Public Health Department at 972.919.2536.