AMARILLO -- The City of Amarillo has some tips on how to fight mosquitos after the rain.
“Utilize insect repellent, wear long sleeved tops and long pants, and reduce the time you spend outside at dusk and dawn when mosquitoes are most active,” Dr. Matt Richardson, director of Public Health, says. “Also, if you are over 50 or pregnant, you are at a higher risk to develop a severe illness due to these viruses. Some people never recover.”
The City is actively treating standing water, but the efforts will not kill all of the mosquitoes. Everyone is encouraged to check their yards and property for standing water and eliminate it.
The City of Amarillo’s Environmental Health Department suggests three ways you can help:
1.Tip and Toss the water from all containers around your property and eliminate all standing water in and around Amarillo. This action will keep mosquitoes from laying more eggs in water that grow into more adult biting mosquitoes.
2. Consumer Control: Because community controls cannot reduce mosquito populations to zero, people need to protect themselves as well, particularly on morning and evening outings. Consumers have a wide variety of products available for personal mosquito control. Our local lawn and garden centers stock many chemicals citizens can apply to control mosquitoes.
- These include aerosol products and outdoor foggers
- There are several personal repellents for mosquito control as well that can be applied directly to the exposed skin or clothing.
- At this time, it appears that chemical-based mosquito control products are the most effective, while the mechanical and bug zapping devices are not very effective in controlling mosquitoes.
3. Vegetation Management: Adult mosquitoes prefer to rest on weeds and other vegetation. Homeowners can reduce the number of areas where adult mosquitoes can find shelter by cutting down weeds adjacent to the house foundation and in their yards, and mowing the lawn regularly. To further reduce adult mosquitoes harboring in vegetation, insecticides may be applied to the lower limbs of shade trees, shrubs and other vegetation. Always read and follow label directions before using any pesticide.