What can I do?

Mosquito Proof. Remember the "Best Offense is a Good Defense."



  • Wear long, loose, and light-colored clothing to avoid mosquito bites when outside


  • Use insect repellent products with “DEET” or other EPA approved repellents and follow product


  • Get rid of all standing water
  • Empty, remove, cover, or turn upside down any containers that will hold standing water (bottles, cans, tires, buckets, flower pots, etc.)
  • Change water in pet dishes, wading pools, and birdbaths several times a week
  • Cover trash containers so they will not collect water

Dusk and Dawn 

  • Stay indoors during dusk and dawn hours, when mosquitoes are most active

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1. What is the West Nile Virus?
2. How does the West Nile Virus spread?
3. Is the West Nile Virus contagious?
4. How soon do you get the symptoms once you have been bitten?
5. What are the symptoms of West Nile Virus?
6. How is West Nile Virus treated?
7. Does the Health Department offer free testing?
8. Can I get the virus twice?
9. My child or I was bitten by a mosquito, what should I do?
10. What should I do if I think I have WNV?
11. What is Dallas County doing?
12. What can I do?
13. What should I do if I see dead birds in my yard?
14. Can dogs, cats, and other pets get West Nile Virus?
15. Are pesticides harmful to people?
16. Where can I learn more information?