Mosquito Control

Surveillance and Spraying
The Woodlands Township and Montgomery Precinct 3 conduct trapping and surveillance of mosquitoes for disease. Late spring flooding results in high numbers of flood plain mosquitoes that are active during the day and do not carry disease. Their numbers are not impacted by night time spraying. 

The Woodlands Township provides surveillance and public education, but does not apply biological controls or chemical treatments. 
Harris County Mosquito Control District and the Precincts in Montgomery County apply biological controls and/or chemical treatments according to their respective program protocols. 
Integrated Mosquito Management Program
The step-by-step approach endorsed by Centers for Disease Control, Texas Department of State Health Services and Texas Mosquito Control Association employs: 
  1. Surveillance by sampling—trapping and testing mosquitoes for disease. 
  2. Reduction of mosquito breeding sites. 
  3. Biological controls.  
  4. Chemical treatment when disease is present 
  5. Public education to advise of personal protective measures.
What You Can Do
Mosquito control must be a shared responsibility in order for abatement to be successful. There are some things you need to do around your own home or business to reduce the mosquito population and eliminate their breeding sites. Take a survey of your own property to identify and eliminate the source of the mosquitoes. Here are several examples of things you can look for. Keep in mind that any source of standing or stagnant water can be a potential breeding location.
  • Maintain irrigation systems; do not overwater; control run-off. 
  • Keep grass clippings, leaves and yard debris out of storm drains. 
  • Empty plant pots and saucers. 
  • Change birdbaths and pet water frequently. 
  • Remove trash and debris. 
  • Repair dripping faucets and leaky pipes. 
  • Clean clogged rain gutters and downspouts. 
  • Properly maintain pools, spas and pumps.
  • Keep balance in ponds with natural predators or stock with mosquito fish.
  • Treat standing water in French drains, meter boxes and ditches with mosquito bits or dunks containing BTI, a biological larvicide.
  • Avoid being outside between dusk and dawn when disease-carrying mosquitoes are active. 
  • Wear long, loose, light-colored clothing. 
  • Use repellent. Considering exposure time, choose least-toxic product, apply as labeled and remove as directed. 
  • Use fans to keep air moving on porches, decks, and gazebos. 
  • Repair leaky butane and propane tanks on gas grills.
  • Watch a video public service announcement on protecting yourself from West Nile virus from the Texas Department of State Health Services.  
More Information
For more information about mosquito abatement; to report a problem area; or to request surveillance, call the Environmental Services Department at 281-210-3800.