Dust off the grill and invite your friends over. Just be sure to plan ahead for the worst party crasher of all time - the mosquito. He's sure to add a buzz that leaves your guests swatting and running for the door.
Plano’s Environmental Health and Sustainability (EHS) team has your back and is taking measures to protect you from mosquitoes. A green-friendly larvicide called Natular is being placed in strategic locations around the city where mosquitoes have a greater tendency to hang out and breed. Traps are set each week from April through October. Mosquitoes caught in traps are sent to the Texas Department of State Health Services (TDSHS) in Austin for disease testing.
If TDSHS notifies the City of a mosquito testing positive for infection, then an Ultra Low Volume (ULV) fumigation is considered in a radius of approximately 1-mile where the mosquito was trapped.
Send this annoying party crasher packing by practicing the 4 D’s:
- DUSK and DAWN are when mosquitoes are most active. You can still get bit during the day, so limit the time spent outdoors and follow the additional D’s below to prevent bites.
- DRESS less attractively. 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.
- DEET can’t be beat. Use insect repellent containing DEET (N, N-diethyl-m-toluamide) to increase protection. This Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) approved ingredient provides a better defense against mosquitoes. Natural alternatives are lemon eucalyptus oil, lavender and citronella. Follow instructions when applying repellent for best results.
- DRAIN places where mosquitoes are likely to breed. Remove standing water from your yard and neighborhood. Check for water in trash carts, old tires, flower pots, rain gutters and bird baths. Refresh and replenish pet water bowls daily. Proper pool maintenance also prevents mosquitoes from breeding.
If you’d like to be notified of mosquito sprays in your neighborhood, sign up for alerts at Plano.gov/CityCall.