West Nile Virus
Fight the Bite - Protect Yourself from West Nile Virus
As we move into mosquito season, we are implementing a proactive approach to combat the mosquito population. We continue to learn more and more about how to test for and combat the mosquito population. The Drainage Division is trapping and testing mosquitoes in various locations throughout the city. The Denton County Health Department map shows the locations of the traps and the results of the testing.
Mosquito control programs are essential, without them, the mosquito population would flourish and cause potential health and comfort problems. The Drainage Division treats standing water throughout the City to control mosquitoes while they’re in a larval stage. The materials used are not harmful to animals or the environment. The best solution is prevention. Please be aware of your surroundings, if you see standing water around your residence, spill it out. If there is no stagnant water, there will be no mosquito larva. Here are some tips to help prevent mosquito breeding habitat.
- Empty standing water from idle containers like flower pots, buckets, cups and pet water bowls.
- Clean bird baths regularly.
- Clean roof gutters to eliminate standing water.
- Clean out French drain systems so they can drain correctly or treat with larvicide.
- Repair access points in rain capturing systems or treat with larvicide.
- Apply an insect repellent that contains DEET (N,N-diethyl-m-toluamide) to exposed skin and to clothing when outdoors.
- Report dead bird sightings to City’s Drainage Division or Code Enforcement.
As we move into the warm weather season we are enjoying more outdoor activities, remember the four D’s: drain, dress, DEET and dusk/dawn.
Help us combat the mosquito population by reporting areas of standing water, pools of water or potential areas where mosquitos can breed. Call the Drainage Utility department at 972-317-2989 to report areas of concern. You can also download the Eye on Highland Village app and report areas of concern on the go. By submitting a picture of the issue, city staff knows the exact location to address the problem.