|Fight the Bite!
Guide to Mosquito Abatement
Notice: Summer 2014 has seen a substantial increase in the number of mosquitoes in The Woodlands area that carry West Nile virus. Residents are urged to take precautions to prevent mosquito bites.
The safest and most effective mosquito control targets mosquitoes before they fly! “The reduction, elimination, or treatment of mosquito breeding areas is the best and most cost-effective technique for mosquito control,” advises Texas Department of State Health Services.
Watch a video public service announcement on how to protect yourself from West Nile virus from the Texas Department of State Health Services.
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:
- Surveillance by sampling—trapping and testing mosquitoes for disease.
- Reduction of mosquito breeding sites.
- Biological controls.
- Chemical treatment when disease is present
- Public education to advise of personal protective measures.
The Township provides surveillance and public education, but does not apply biological controls or chemical treatments.
The Counties apply biological controls and/or chemical treatments accordingly to their respective programs: Montgomery County Precinct 4 sprays about every six weeks throughout the Precinct and responds to specific sites when notified; Precinct 2 responds to specific areas when notified; Precinct 3 responds to specific areas; Harris County conducts a protocol of spraying three times per week in areas with positive WN pools. Harris County posts a schedule of treatment plans and schedules at http://www.hcphes.org/hcmosquitoctrl/SprayPlanInfoMaps/aspimdefault2014.html.
Eliminate breeding sites to reduce risk of disease
1,000 mosquitoes a week can be produced in a 6” saucer or puddle of water!
- 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.
Target mosquito larvae
Use natural predators and biological larvicides.
- 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.
Enjoy being out-of-doors
Take precautions to protect your family from mosquito-borne disease
- 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.
For more information about mosquito abatement; to report a problem area; or to request surveillance, call Environmental Services at 281-210-3900.
|Don't give mosquitoes a home!