Mosquitos are starting to make an early appearance thanks to a warmer, wet winter. The City of McKinney will begin laying traps and testing samples for mosquito-borne disease starting on April 25 in an effort to stop breeding areas and hatching before it starts.
The city’s mosquito control program consists of surveillance, source reduction, larvaciding (eliminating mosquito larvae), adulticiding (spraying for adult mosquitoes) and public education.
As people head outside to enjoy the warm weather, the city encourages residents to take precautions to avoid bites and help eliminate mosquito egg-laying sites.
“The more people who are aware of 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.
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 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.
Additional mosquito control information is available on the city website or email mosquito control to report any standing water issues or mosquito concerns.
McKinney, Texas, is unique by nature. As one of the fastest growing cities in America, McKinney has a current population of more than 168,000. The city was #1 on the list of Best Places to Live in America in 2014, published by Money Magazine. 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.