Officials Offer Tips to Decrease Mosquito Populations
As the West Nile Virus spreads across Texas, local officials are reminding the public to observe health precautions and follow the 4D’s and to keep their yards mown and clean to eliminate possible breeding grounds for mosquitoes that carry the deadly virus.
The 4D’s are as follows:
- Use insect repellent that contains DEET, Picaridin, lemon-eucalyptus oil or use two percent soybean-oil products (more information)
- Dress in long-sleeves and pants
- Avoid the outdoors at Dawn and Dusk
- Drain standing water around homes (pool and hot tub covers, wheelbarrows, tarps, lawn ornaments, flower pots, trash cans, toys, etc.). Change the water in your bird bath every 4-5 days."
“West Nile Virus is alive and well in Texas with reported cases as close as San Angelo and Abilene. Discarded tires are a primary place mosquitoes breed,” said Pate. “It is requested that all citizens remove old tires from their property as quickly as possible. Tires can be properly disposed of in two ways: (1) City of Brownwood Recycling Center (641-8832) accepts pickup truck and normal care sized tires at $3 each – larger tires cost more. (2) If you have sanitation service one may cut the tires into quarters or remove each sidewall and place the tire in the City provided receptacle at no additional charge.”
Pate also pointed out tires and other trash on properties could be considered more than an “eye sore.”
“In addition to being mosquito breeders, tires stored on the outside are considered solid waste and those keeping them that way may be in violation of City Health and Safety Ordinances,” said Pate.
No cases of West Nile Virus have been reported in Brownwood so far, according to public health officials. Following the health precautions and eliminating possible mosquito breeding grounds can help keep the area safe, officials said.
For more information, please see previous articles related to West Nile Virus which are listed below.