The only thing worse than ants invading your picnic this summer is getting bitten by a pesky mosquito. That’s why the City of Amarillo’s Public Health and Environmental Health departments have teamed up to launch a public education campaign called Mission Mosquito. The goal of Mission Mosquito is to prevent mosquito bites and reduce mosquito breeding areas.
“Mosquitoes carry a number of diseases including West Nile, Zika, Dengue and Chickungunya,” says Public Health Director Casie Stoughton. “West Nile is the most common in the Texas Panhandle. However, simple prevention steps can reduce your risk for all diseases related to mosquitoes.”
Environmental Health Director Shaun May agrees.
“Mosquito-borne illnesses can be prevented. It is important to prevent mosquito bites by using the four Ds,” he says. “Make sure you are doing everything you can to protect yourself and your loved ones during mosquito season. While the City is doing everything it can to decrease the numbers of mosquitoes, we need the help of our residents and business owners to get rid of mosquito breeding areas.”
Those four “Ds” are key when it comes to reducing your risk of mosquito bites:
- Drain all standing water
- Dress in long sleeves and pants
- DEET: wear insect repellant with DEET
- Daily: All day every day
As part of Mission Mosquito, kits containing information about Zika and West Nile, a checklist for individuals to reduce mosquito breeding areas around their home, mosquito repellant, and other helpful information will be available to the public beginning July 13.