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Mosquito Control
Overview
The Environmental Health Division is currently implementing mosquito control activities. These activities include identifying locations with stagnant water and treating with larvicides as needed. The Environmental Health Division has also initiated code enforcement cases for stagnant water sources and launched ongoing education efforts. Staff is responding to calls from residents as well as proactively inspecting and monitoring approximately 50 areas known for holding stagnant water.

Increased rain has escalated the number of nuisance mosquitoes, known as "flood mosquitoes." This species does not typically carry the West Nile Virus. Mosquito traps have been placed around the community to monitor the mosquito population. Weekly tests for West Nile Virus began May 1. Staff will stay in contact with Collin County health officials to monitor regional conditions, adjusting response activities if conditions warrant.

To report areas of stagnant water, or for additional inquiries, please email Environmental Services or call 214.509.4160.

Even with enhanced response efforts, residents are reminded to follow the 5 D’s to minimize the risk of mosquito bites and breeding. Find out more.

The most effective method of controlling mosquitoes is to eliminate any habitat in which they would thrive or be attracted to. While the city continues to treat limited common areas, the greatest preventive impact comes from measures taken by each property owner to control mosquitoes around their homes.

Precautions
The most effective way to avoid any mosquito-borne illness is to take the following simple precautions around the home.  Follow the "Five D's":

  1. Drain standing water in your backyard and neighborhood; old tires, flowerpots and clogged rain gutters are mosquito-breeding sites.  Change out pet water daily and keep swimming pools treated.
  2. DEET - Apply insect repellent that contains DEET (N, N-diethyl-m-toluamide).  Be sure to read label instructions.  Spray clothing with repellent as well as exposed skin.
  3. Dress in light colored long sleeves and long pants when you are outside.
  4. Dusk and Dawn is when mosquitoes are most active.  Stay indoors or minimize outdoor activities.
  5. Doors and windows should remain closed and screens kept in good repair to prevent mosquitoes from entering your home.

For more information regarding West Nile Virus and precautions, visit the Collin County Website.



Contact Information
Environmental Services
Staff Directory
1st Floor, Allen City Hall
305 Century Parkway
Allen, Texas 75013

Phone: 214.509.4161
Fax: 214.509.4139

Hours:
Mon - Fri - 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Sat and Sun Closed

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