City of Irving News

Posted on: April 9, 2017

Residents Encouraged to Fight the Bite

Irving Fights the Bite

Mosquito season is fast approaching. Dormant during winter months, mosquitoes become active in spring. While activity peaks during summer months, it tapers off in the fall.

The City of Irving takes mosquito control very seriously. Trapping has begun across the city’s 27 trap and spray locations. No mosquitoes have tested positive this year for West Nile or Saint Louis encephalitis. However, when they do test positive, Irving’s vector control technicians spray at night.

Zika virus has gained much attention over the last several months. While no Zika transmissions have been attributed to mosquitoes identified in Texas, the City of Irving has taken additional precautions. The city recently purchased and located traps specially designed to attract the species of mosquito that carries the Zika virus.

How can residents help? Self-protection is the best course of action, so be sure to follow the four D’s:

  • Dusk and Dawn – When mosquitoes are most active 
  • Drain – Eliminate standing water, such as in flower pots, rain gutters, etc.
  • DEET – Make sure insect repellent contains this ingredient. DEET has been tested and approved by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). 
  • Dress – Wear long sleeves, pants, shoes and socks when outside.

Share this information with family members and neighbors. The best way to stay safe is to take precaution.

Learn more about Irving Mosquito Control Program
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