City of Amarillo predicts mosquito problem; urges folks to 'Fight the Bite'

The City of Amarillo urges folks to Fight the Bite. (MGN Online)

The City of Amarillo said mosquitoes will begin to pose a problem for folks in the Amarillo area.

That's why the Environmental Health Department wants residents to check their property for standing water to prevent mosquito larvae from hatching.

After rainfall, you are asked to dump items like flower pots, tires and other things that collect water.

“Eliminating mosquito breeding areas is the most effective thing we all can do to the reduce the numbers of biting adult mosquitoes but the City absolutely needs the help of everyone to assess their property on a weekly basis to see if there’s a need to mow or drain any standing water in buckets, planters, toys, pools, birdbaths, flowerpots, trash containers, or other items that might retain water” Environmental Health Director Shaun May said. “It’s also important to note that mosquito bites can spread dangerous diseases like West Nile virus and others. Those bites can be avoided by wearing the correct type of clothing such as long-sleeved shirts, pants, and socks along with applying mosquito repellent.”

The City is also reminding folks of the following four tips to Fight the Bite:

  1. Drain … and Mow! – Tip, toss, and drain the water from all containers around your property. Adult mosquitoes prefer to rest on weeds and other vegetation. Residents can reduce the number of areas where adult mosquitoes can find shelter by cutting down weeds adjacent to the house foundation or yards and mowing the lawn regularly. To further reduce adult mosquitoes harboring in vegetation, insecticides may be applied to the lower limbs of shade trees, shrubs and other vegetation. Always read and follow label directions before using any pesticide.
  2. Deet – Apply insect repellent on exposed skin and clothing when you go outdoors. Use an Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) registered insect repellent, and re-apply if you are outside for long periods of time. Look for these active ingredients recommended by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and the EPA: DEET, picaridin, IR3535, and plant-based oil of lemon eucalyptus (do not use this product on children under the age of 3 years).
  3. Dress – Wear long sleeve shirts and long pants and socks while outdoors to prevent mosquito bites.
  4. Daily Avoid Mosquitoes – The mosquitoes that spread West Nile Virus bite between dusk and dawn. Limit the amount of time you spend outdoors during these hours. If you are outside, be sure to wear repellent and protective clothing.

For more information, visit the Environmental Health department’s website by clicking HERE or the CDC by clicking HERE.

To report mosquito activity call 806-378-9472.

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