The Garland Health Department’s mosquito hotline at 972-205-3720 is available for residents to report mosquito problems; stagnant, standing water; and to notify the Health Department of dead birds. Birds will not be tested this year, but residents are still urged to report when and where they have seen dead crows and/or blue jays to help pinpoint potential problem areas of virus activity. The hotline also will receive phone calls and provide information regarding vector-borne diseases. Residents may help protect themselves and their families by doing the following:
Eliminate any standing water around your property to reduce the number of mosquitoes, (report to the hotline any standing water that cannot be eliminated);
Make sure doors and windows are screened properly;
Avoid the outdoors when mosquitoes are most active (in the evening and early morning), and;
Use an insect repellent containing DEET, according to label directions.