City of Irving News

Posted on: May 19, 2017

Residents Encouraged to Fight the Bite

Irving Fights the Bite

The City of Irving takes mosquito control very seriously. Trapping has begun across the city’s 27 trap and spray locations. When mosquito samples test positive for West Nile Virus or Saint Louis encephalitis, 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.

Irving's Mosquito Control Coordinator and the Dallas County Health and Human Services Medical Director recently shared information on ICTN's "Open Line" to help protect residents, visitors and commuters from mosquito-borne illness. 

Learn how Irving Fights the Bite
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