May 1 was the official start of mosquito season for the Town of Flower Mound. Environmental Health Services will begin to trap and test mosquitos for West Nile and monitor the population of mosquitos that can carry Zika. For information about Zika virus, please visit https://www.cdc.gov/zika/.
It is important to understand that West Nile is present in our mosquito population and Zika is not. This is why the Town’s focus remains on West Nile monitoring and control.
The 4 “D’s” remain the best and most important efforts residents can make to assist Environmental Health Services in mosquito control:
Dawn and Dusk- Limit activities during these times as they are the times the Culex mosquito is most active.
Dress- Wear light-colored clothing, long sleeves, and long pants. Mosquitos see contrast. Wearing dark colors while it is light outside will make you more visible.
Defend- Wear repellent. DEET works best, but Picaridin and lemon eucalyptus oil also work well.
Drain- Drain all standing water. This is the most important effort people can make. The basin under a flower pot is one of the most popular mosquito habitats around a home. Any areas of standing water in a yard, by water meters and irrigation control boxes, French drains, and gutters all need to be drained or treated.
Town Hall will again have mosquito larvicide dunks for Flower Mound residents at Town Hall, 2121 Cross Timbers Rd. during normal business hours (Monday – Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.). Each household is limited to two and residents must show proof of residency. You can also purchase dunks at any home improvement store. Please follow label instructions and only treat water on your property. If you see stagnant water, please contact Environmental Health Services at 972.874.6340.