McKINNEY (June 3, 2015) — This season’s increased rainfall has escalated the number of mosquitoes in the area. These "flood mosquitoes” do not typically carry the West Nile Virus, however the City of McKinney encourages residents to take precautions to avoid bites and help eliminate mosquito egg-laying sites by eliminating standing water around homes and neighborhoods.

McKinney’s mosquito control program consists of surveillance, source reduction, larvaciding (eliminating mosquito larvae), adulticiding (spraying for adult mosquitoes) and public education. Due to the increase in rainfall and pooled water, the city has increased its surveillance of floodwater areas and will treat them as necessary.

“The more people who are aware the appropriate actions to take for mosquito control, the better chance we have to reduce the number of mosquitoes and potential mosquito-borne disease,” said Richard Milam, Health Compliance Supervisor.

There are several unexpected places for mosquitos to find standing water where they can breed. In addition to emptying water from flower pots, bird baths and old tires, also clean gutters regularly or cover with mesh to prevent leaves and debris from collecting water. A few other unusual places where water can collect include children’s toys and playground equipment, landscape statues, garden hoses and large plant leaves. Even a plastic garbage bag that sits in the rain can develop a small pocket where water can collect.

If you would like additional mosquito control information, visit mckinneytexas.org/mosquitocontrol. Residents may also email mosquitocontrol@mckinneytexas.org to report any standing water issues or mosquito concerns.

 

About McKinney

McKinney, Texas, is unique by nature. The city is No. 1 on America’s Best Places to Live list published by Money Magazine. As one of the fastest-growing cities in the United States, McKinney has a current population of more than 155,000. Established in 1848, the city is located 30 miles north of Dallas and is the county seat of Collin County. McKinney offers award-winning schools, a vibrant historic downtown, diverse housing options, a robust economy and a uniquely beautiful natural setting, with rolling hills and lush trees. Visit the city’s website at mckinneytexas.org.