The mosquito breeding season is here, and the City will launch its 2015 Mosquito Management program April 1. Mosquito traps will be placed in multiple locations throughout the community weekly. The trapped mosquitoes will be sent for arboviral testing and species identification weekly. The results will be reported on the City’s website at www.heathtx.com.
Additionally, the City will larvicide to target stagnant water areas such as storm drain inlets, culverts and slowing moving streams. Adult mosquito control will be conducted on an as-needed basis, based upon the surveillance data received. However, protecting yourself and your loved ones is the best way to prevent the contraction of mosquito transmitted diseases such as the West Nile Virus.
Remember the 4 D’s as recommended by the CDC:
- Drain – standing water around you home and property.
- Deet – Use insect repellent on skin and clothing; Picaridin, IR3535 and Oil of Lemon Eucalyptus are also options.
- Dress – wear long sleeves and pants to protect yourself.
- Dusk to Dawn – avoid being outdoors during the early morning hours and the evening hours when mosquitoes are most active.
For more information about mosquito bite prevention:
REPELLENTS FOR USE ON SKIN AND CLOTHING
CDC has evaluated information published in peer-reviewed scientific literature and data available from EPA to identify several types of EPA-registered products that provide repellent activity sufficient to help people reduce the bites of disease-carrying mosquitoes. Products containing the following active ingredients typically provide reasonably long-lasting protection:
- DEET (chemical name: N,N-diethyl-m-toluamide or N,N-diethyl-3-methyl-benzamide). Products containing DEET include, but are not limited to, Off!, Cutter, Sawyer, and Ultrathon.
- Picaridin (KBR 3023 [Bayrepel] and icaridin outside the United States; chemical name: 2-(2-hydroxyethyl)-1-piperidinecarboxylic acid 1-methylpropyl ester). Products containing picaridin include, but are not limited to, Cutter Advanced, Skin So Soft Bug Guard Plus, and Autan (outside the United States).
- Oil of lemon eucalyptus (OLE) or PMD (chemical name: para-menthane-3,8-diol), the synthesized version of OLE. Products containing OLE and PMD include, but are not limited to, Repel and Off! Botanicals. This recommendation refers to EPA-registered repellent products containing the active ingredient OLE (or PMD). “Pure” oil of lemon eucalyptus (essential oil not formulated as a repellent) is not recommended; it has not undergone similar, validated testing for safety and efficacy, is not registered with EPA as an insect repellent, and is not covered by this recommendation.
- IR3535 (chemical name: 3-[N-butyl-N-acetyl]-aminopropionic acid, ethyl ester). Products containing IR3535 include, but are not limited to, Skin So Soft Bug Guard Plus Expedition and SkinSmart.
- EPA characterizes the active ingredients DEET and picaridin as “conventional repellents” and OLE, PMD, and IR3535 as “biopesticide repellents,” which are either derived from or are synthetic versions of natural materials.