Garland Health Department Prepares for 2013 West Nile Virus Season
It’s never too early to take steps to control the mosquito population in your neighborhood and to combat West Nile Virus. The City of Garland Health Department has already begun trapping and testing mosquitoes for West Nile Virus. Although, tests have been negative so far, positive mosquito pools have already been found in North Texas.
To report stagnant water, increased mosquito activity, or dead birds, call the Garland Health Department’s mosquito hotline at 972-205-3720. To protect yourself and your family, remember the four Ds:
• DRAIN standing water around the home,
• Use insect repellent containing DEET,
• Avoid being outdoors at DUSK and DAWN when mosquitoes are most active,
• And DRESS to protect yourself with long sleeves and pants to reduce skin exposure
In addition, make sure doors and windows are screened properly to keep mosquitoes out of your home. For more information about West Nile Virus and Garland’s mosquito control program, visit the City’s Mosquito Information web page.
On April 11, 2013, the City of Richardson announced that West Nile Virus positive mosquito pools were detected within their city limits, in areas bordering the City of Garland. For more information about Richardson’s planned mosquito spraying activity, visit their West Nile Virus information page.