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The Bug Blog

This blog is maintained be the Environmental Health Department and provides information about the City's mosquito control activities including number of traps set, total number of mosquitoes trapped, total traps with mosquitoes.

Jul 29

Ward Off Mosquitoes with the 4 D's

Posted on July 29, 2014 at 2:13 PM by Melissa Peachey

While West Nile Virus has been less active this year, this mosquito season brought with it a new concern, the Chikungunya virus (CHIKV). CHIKV is not endemic in the United States but recently cases have been reported in North Texas. All of these cases have been people who were exposed while traveling to countries where the disease is prevalent. In late 2013, CHIKV was found for the first time in the Americas on islands in the Caribbean. This is why it is still known as a "traveler's disease." 

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Jul 03

Come on rain!

Posted on July 3, 2014 at 4:06 PM by Regina Ryan

Well, here we are again with another week of lower mosquito populations than is typical for this time of year. We are continuing to trap throughout the City of Plano and are even deploying some of our CDC light traps to take a look at the mosquito populations that don’t typically carry West Nile virus as well. The light traps are designed to use a small light bulb and a CO2 source, dry in this case, to attract mosquitos. We are seeing very favorable numbers in these traps as well. There is some West Nile virus activity going on in 3 counties in Texas however. Always be using the 4 D’s (Dress, Dawn/Dusk, Defend, Drain) while outdoors to minimize the risk for West Nile virus.

Have a safe and happy 4th of July!

As always if you have any questions about the City of Plano’s integrated mosquito management plan, concerns for mosquitos in your area or would like to know more, please check out www.plano.gov .

Jun 20

Its quiet, too quiet…:

Posted on June 20, 2014 at 9:26 AM by Regina Ryan

So far we have been trapping for about 3 months now in locations throughout the City of Plano. We have seen very low numbers of mosquitos in our traps which is very encouraging. The general line of thinking here is that with the number of hard freezes that we had this winter, coupled with a moderate spring and seemingly later start to the hot weather, this summer has pushed the mosquito season back by a little bit. The numbers we are catching now are what we typically see early in May. But this doesn’t mean that we can keep our guard down! Always be using the 4 D’s (Dress, Dawn/Dusk, Defend, Drain) while outdoors to minimize the risk for West Nile virus.

A few quick notes: We are starting to place some of our CDC light traps out to get a general idea of what comprises the total mosquito population area as far as different species are concerned. The trap that we use to collect the mosquito that could potentially carry WNV is known as a gravid trap, designed to catch egg laying females. The light traps are designed to catch a more wide variety of mosquitos because it doesn’t rely on female mosquitos coming in to lay eggs. It uses CO2 and a light source to attract mosquitos into the net.

As always if you have any questions about the City of Plano’s intergrated mosquito management plan, concerns for mosquitos in your area or would like to know more, please check out www.plano.gov .