The City of Terrell will be spraying for mosquitoes between 7:00 p.m. – 1:00 a.m. on the following days, if the weather permits:
- Tuesday, September 27, 2016 – East of Rockwall Ave.
You can help do your part to help control the mosquito population by doing the following:
- Stay indoors when mosquitoes are active, at dusk and dawn.
- Wear long-sleeve shirts and long pants when outdoors.
- Apply insect repellent containing at least 35% DEET (N,N-diethyl-meta-toluamide) sparingly to exposed skin and clothing.
Mosquito-Proof Your Home:
- Scour the yard for containers that hold water: tin cans, pet dishes, plastic pails, ceramic pots and items that collect water, such as stored boats, pool covers, used tires or tire swings, trash cans or swimming pools that are drained yet still hold some water.
- Change water frequently in birdbaths, fountains, horse troughs and children’s wading pools.
- Make sure roof gutters drain properly. Clean clogged gutters and drain flat roofs.
- Repair leaky pipes and outside faucets. Dripping water from air conditioners also makes good breeding grounds.
- Landscape to eliminate standing patches of water on the ground and overgrown areas that retain moisture. Fill in tree holes and stumps with sand or mortar.
- Make sure doors and windows have tight-fitting screens and are free of holes.
- Consider buying a product that attracts biting females by mimicking human breathing through combinations of heat, light and chemicals. These devices can be purchased online or at some home improvement stores.
To reduce mosquito populations, basic control practices can be implemented. Eliminating standing water is the key in mosquito control because even small amounts of water can provide breeding and development sites for hundreds to thousands of mosquitoes. Pet water bowls should be dumped and refilled regularly, as well as bird baths, potted plants, etc. Outside storage of items that can collect and hold water (example – tires) is prohibited. When outdoors, particularly during early morning and late evening hours, wear protective clothing and use DEET sprays according to label. Keep lawns mowed and remove unnecessary vegetation. Because the disease can be transmitted to horses, horse-owners are encouraged to consult with their veterinarian regarding vaccination.
For more information visit www.cdc.gov.
For information on preventative measures for around the home please visit:Mosquito Control Around the Home by Texas Agrilife Extension
Contact the Public Works Dept. at 972-551-6614 to place a service request to have your area treated for mosquitoes or fill out our online Mosquito Control Form.