Enjoy Your Summer: Avoid Mosquitoes
Summer is a time to have fun outside, but nothing spoils the fun faster than mosquitoes. Not only are they a nuisance, but they can carry potentially serious illnesses including West Nile and Chikungunya Virus. Reducing your risk of being bitten is your best defense.Here are some things to do:
1. Use insect repellent whenever you spend time outdoors, day or night. Look for a repellent with DEET or other EPA-registered repellent such as Picaridin, Oil of Lemon Eucalyptus, PMD or IR35352. Wear long sleeves and pants to leave less of your skin exposed.3. Remove stagnant water from your property. Any amount of standing water can give mosquitoes a place to lay their eggs. Standing water may be found in stagnant swimming pools, bird baths, flower pots, trash containers, children’s toys, clogged rain gutters and other places. Place environmentally friendly Bti briquets in standing water that cannot be drained. Bti briquets can be purchased at local home and garden stores.4. Properly maintain your landscaping to help reduce the mosquito population. Mosquitoes go to cooler, humid, shady areas in your yard during the daytime to rest and escape the heat of the day. Thinning shrubs and cutting down tall grass and weeds will reduce the harborage areas and number of mosquitoes in your yard.
The City of Benbrook works closely with Tarrant County Public Health Department to monitor for mosquito-borne illnesses and implement mosquito control activities. Visit the Tarrant County Public Health website for more information.