West Nile and Zika virus safety tips.
Be prepared for the mosquito borne West Nile and Zika viruses in North Central Texas. There are several actions that you can take to help keep your family and pets safe from this disease.
- Drain standing water around your home. Mosquitos use stagnant water to lay their eggs, so there is a potential breeding ground wherever still water is found. Empty buckets, cans, pool covers, abandoned swimming pools, drains, flower pots, and old tires. Unclog gutters and keep bird baths and pet water dishes clean.
- Apply insect repellent on exposed skin, particularly below the knee, and clothing when you go outdoors. Products that contain deet, picaridin or oil of lemon eucalyptus will reduce your chance of attracting mosquitoes.
- Use mosquito dunks in fixed, non-drainable objects that can hold even small amounts of water.
- Wear light long sleeve shirts, pants and socks when outdoors.
- Avoid outdoor activity between dusk and dawn when West Nile bearing mosquitoes are most active. Zika carrying mosquitos are active all day.
- Fix torn or ripped door and window screens to help keep mosquitoes outside.