Mosquito Control Program

About the Program


 

The City of Irving actively works year round to control mosquitos. This helps prevent the spread of the diseases that they can carry.  Mosquitoes are known worldwide to be the most dangerous creature to human health. 

What Does the City Do About Mosquitos?

Educate the public.  It is extremely important for our community to know and understand the threat of mosquitoes and the diseases they can spread and what we should do to help protect ourselves.  The City of Irving operates a “Mosquito Hotline” for you to get in contact with mosquito control personnel to express the mosquito concern. (972) 721-3755/24 hour hotline. 

Surveillance.  The first step is to set traps in an area to find out what species of mosquitoes are present that need to be controlled.  (Not all mosquitoes are people bitters).  Traps are set at locations throughout the city but however you can also request a trap for your backyard.  (Requested traps are set overnight and are to test for West Nile carrying mosquitoes only).

Treat or remove standing water.  Mosquitoes breed in stagnant so by eliminating their breeding sites we can reduce the threat of diseases such as the West Nile Virus.

Kill adult mosquitoes.  Truck mounted spraying is very effective in reducing populations of mosquitoes in neighborhoods and in our parks.  If we find mosquitoes carrying a mosquito-borne virus the City of Irving will schedule the area for ground spraying.  You can check the spraying schedule on our website.

Kill mosquito larvae.  Mosquitoes swim before they fly so finding and treating water that cannot easily be drained is the most effective way to control the mosquito population.  This is called larvaciding. 

Respond.  Our Vector control team will be notified of any cases of disease carrying mosquitoes or any of our residences that have tested positive for any mosquito-borne illnesses thru local health departments such as Dallas County Health and Human Services.  Some cases are related to travel. The infected person was out the country and returned with a mosquito disease.  We are all at risk for West Nile. There are cases here in North Texas every summer.  Once we are notified truck mounted spraying is scheduled as soon as possible.

What Should We Do?
 

Everyone needs to take precautions every time we go outside during mosquito season.  Just follow the Four D’s. 

DEET:  Mosquito repellents that contain DEET are known to be the most effective at preventing mosquito bites.  Tip: Always follow the directions on the label. 

DRAIN:  Eliminate standing water around your house.  If you can’t drain the water, treat the water. 

DRESS:  Cover your skin while outdoors and wear light colored clothing. 

DAWN AND DUSK:  The most active time for biting mosquitoes.  Stay indoors as much as possible during the times the sun is setting or rising.