McKINNEY (May 29, 2014) — As people head outside to enjoy the warm weather, the City of McKinney encourages residents to take precautions to avoid mosquito bites that may lead to West Nile Virus and asks homeowners to help eliminate mosquito egg-laying sites around their 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.

“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.

Mosquitoes that spread West Nile Virus breed in stagnant water. Taking steps to control the mosquito population in your home and neighborhood is the best way to reduce your risk of being bitten and the spread of the disease. Follow these steps to protect yourself and those in your home:

  • Avoid going outdoors at dawn and dusk when mosquitoes are most active.
  • Wear long sleeves and pants to leave less of your skin exposed.
  • Use an insect repellent every time you go outside, and follow the instructions on the label. The most effective repellents contain DEET, picaridin, IR3535, and certain oil of lemon eucalyptus and para-menthane-diol products.
  • Regularly drain standing water, including water collecting in empty cans, tires, buckets, clogged rain gutters and saucers under potted plants.
  • Use mosquito dunks in bird baths and other standing water. Dunks – available at hardware stores – kill the mosquito larvae before it matures into biting adults.
  • Make sure open doors and windows have screens to keep mosquitoes from entering the home. 

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. As one of the fastest-growing cities in the United States, McKinney has a current population exceeding 149,000. Established in 1848, the city is located 30 miles north of Dallas and is the county seat of Collin County. McKinney offers rolling hills, lush trees, a historic downtown square and unique neighborhoods and developments. The city ranks No. 2 on the Money Magazine Best Places to Live list for 2012. Visit the city’s website at mckinneytexas.org.