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Posted on: September 8, 2014

[ARCHIVED] Extra Spray Days to Control Mosquitoes

Due to the recent rains and warm temperatures, there has been an increase in mosquitoes. To control the pesky bugs, Missouri City has scheduled additional spray days.

In addition to each Thursday, the City will spray all neighborhoods on Tuesday, Sept. 9 and Tuesday, Sept. 16. All spraying will take place between the hours of 9 p.m. to 5 a.m.

An environmentally friendly pesticide, Kontrol 30-30, will be used and special attention will be given to locations where mosquitoes swarm, including public drainage areas and parks.

The City will continue to monitor the issue and may repeat the extra sprayings if necessary.

“Mosquitoes can be a health hazard and the spraying program is a key prevention measure we have in place,” said Sharon Valiante, Assistant Director of Public Works. “Residents can assist with the control measures as well. Your best defense against being bitten is to be prepared.”
Residents are encouraged to protect their families as two confirmed human cases of West Nile Virus have been reported to Fort Bend County Health & Human Services. One case required hospitalization and both individuals are recovering. To date there have been no deaths in Fort Bend County due to the virus.

Staff recommends following the 4Ds to “Fight the Bite”:

  • DUSK/DAWN are the times of day you should try to stay indoors. This is when infected mosquitoes are most active.
  • DRESS in long sleeves and pants when you're outside. For extra protection, you may want to spray thin clothing with repellent.
  • DEET (N, N-diethyl-m-toluamide) is an ingredient to look for in insect repellent. Follow label instructions, and always wear repellent when outdoors. Reapply as you would with suncreen, after sweating and swimming.
  • DRAIN standing water in your backyard and neighborhood—old tires, flowerpots, and clogged rain gutters. These are mosquito-breeding sites.

Other control methods include:

  • Clear away backyard clippings where mosquitoes can breed
  • Change water in bird baths and flower cuttings every few days
  • Clean drainage ditches of debris and weeds
  • Report illegal dumping of tires
  • Store pet food and water dishes that are not being used
  • Do not leave garbage can lids lying upside down and do not allow water to collect in the bottom of garbage cans
  • Spray your yard with an outdoor mosquito spray
  • Spray inside your home using a “flying insect spray”. Please be sure to follow directions on the label.

More information on how your family can “Fight the Bite” can be found on the City’s emergency preparedness website: www.missouricityready.com. And, if you or a loved one has been recently bitten by a mosquito and are having the following symptoms: fever, headache, fatigue, body aches, skin rashes and swollen lymph glands, please contact a physician immediately.

For more information about Missouri City, please watch the City website: www.missouricitytx.gov, like us on Facebook—fb/MissouriCityTX, follow us on Twitter—@MissouriCityTX and @MissouriCityEM, and watch Missouri City Television (Ch. 16 on Comcast) and on Youtube.

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