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Coppell Gears Up for Mosquito Season

Contact: Carol Primeaux, Environmental Health Specialist ​                                                                                                   
(972) 462-5177
cprimeaux@coppelltx.gov

Warmer, rainy weather means mosquito season is upon us and the City's mosquito efforts are in full swing. The City of Coppell's Environmental Health Department began larviciding in March to help prevent mosquito larva from developing in known ponding areas in town and trapping mosquitoes begins in early May. If trapped mosquitoes test positive for West Nile Virus, ground spraying will be conducted around that area. Residents will be given advanced notice of spraying activity in their neighborhood.

In addition to the mosquito population control measures mentioned above, the Environmental Health Department also recommends mosquito dunks, which eliminate mosquito larvae when placed in standing water, but are harmless to other animals. Free packages of mosquito dunks and mosquito prevention information is available to residents at most City buildings, including Coppell Town Center located at 255 Parkway Blvd.

Prevention is Key

Protect yourself and your family from potentially dangerous bites by helping to control the mosquito population and taking precautions.
"Taking simple measures to help control the mosquito population around your home and practicing personal protective methods are the most effective ways to prevent mosquito bites and avoid West Nile or Zika infection," said Environmental Health Officer Luay Rahil.

Mosquitoes need water to breed and grow into adults. Eliminating any standing water can help control the population. Around your home be sure to:

  • ​Repair leaky plumbing such as dripping faucets and sprinklers. Avoid over watering to prevent pools of stagnant water in low-lying or poor draining areas.
  • Keep birdbaths, swimming pools, pet watering dishes, flowerpots, children's toys and other vessels free of stagnant water.
  • Keep your lawn mowed and tall grass and weeds trimmed.
  • Fill in hollows in trees with sand or mortar.
  • Keep your gutters cleaned out to allow rainwater to drain properly.

To prevent mosquito bites, remember the Four D's:

  • Drain standing water in your yard.
  • Defend yourself by applying an EPA-approved mosquito repellent to exposed skin and clothing.
  • Dress in long sleeves and long pants when you are outside.
  • Stay indoors from the period of dusk through dawn — times when infected mosquitoes are most active. Also be aware that some species of mosquitos bite during the day.

For more information about mosquito activity and West Nile Virus, please visit coppelltx.gov/wnv.​

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