The City of Amarillo Environmental Health Department wants to help the public “Fight The Bite”. Mosquitoes will soon be a nuisance to area residents and the department needs your help fighting them.
Director Shaun May
May says to remember the four D slogan, Drain, Deet, Dress, and Daily
Drain any standing water, Deet: use an insect repellent, Dress: wear long sleeves and long pants and Daily: mosquitoes are more active at dusk and dawn each day, limit activities during those hours.
More tips to “Fight The Bite”:
1. Drain … and Mow! – Tip, toss, and drain the water from all containers around your property. Adult mosquitoes prefer to rest on weeds and other vegetation. Residents can reduce the number of areas where adult mosquitoes can find shelter by cutting down weeds adjacent to the house foundation or 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.
2. Deet – Apply insect repellent on exposed skin and clothing when you go outdoors. Use an Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) registered insect repellent, and re-apply if you are outside for long periods of time. Look for these active ingredients recommended by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and the EPA: DEET, picaridin, IR3535, and plant-based oil of lemon eucalyptus (do not use this product on children under the age of 3 years).
3. Dress – Wear long sleeve shirts and long pants and socks while outdoors to prevent mosquito bites.
4. Daily Avoid Mosquitoes – The mosquitoes that spread West Nile Virus bite between dusk and dawn. Limit the amount of time you spend outdoors during these hours. If you are outside, be sure to wear repellent and protective clothing.
To learn more about mosquito control, visit the Environmental Health department’s information page at http://www.amarillo.gov http://amarillo.gov/ Additional information may also be found at / https://www.cdc.gov/features/stopmosquitoes/. You may contact the Environmental Health department to report mosquito activity by calling (806) 378-9472.
Complete interview with Shaun May Amarillo Environmental Health Department Director: