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The Bug Blog

This blog is maintained be the Environmental Health Department and provides information about the City's mosquito control activities including number of traps set, total number of mosquitoes trapped, total traps with mosquitoes.

Mar 23

I’M BACK! Even though I never left….. ;)

Posted on March 23, 2015 at 9:35 AM by Regina Ryan

A new mosquito season is upon us. We have been active here in the Environmental Health Department working on mosquito related activities. We are now essentially operating year round to review, plan and act at a moment’s notice to keep mosquito populations at bay and keep Plano safe from West Nile virus, as well as new emerging diseases such as Dengue and Chikungunya. We are prepared to trap for the mosquitos that could transmit these viruses, but we need your help! This year we have already begun larviciding as well as seeding areas in Plano with Gambusia minnows (mosquitofish) to combat mosquito larvae before they can emerge as adults.

Habitat reduction is a major key to controlling mosquito populations. It is much easier too because mosquitoes spend nearly 10 days in stagnant water before maturing into adults. By eliminating (DRAIN) areas of stagnant water around your home you can have a great impact in not only making your yard safer this summer, but your neighbors as well.

Repellent is another major key to keeping yourself healthy this summer. During the summer of 2012 when West Nile was the worst that the Dallas-Ft. Worth area had seen, most of the people interviewed that contracted the West Nile virus stated that they had not been wearing repellent. Always make sure to DEFEND yourself while you are outdoors in the evening/early (DUSK/DAWN) morning and DRESS to minimize skin exposure to potential mosquito activity.

Always remember your 4 D’s: DEFEND, DRESS, DUSK/DAWN, DRAIN

If you have any questions about the City of Plano’s integrated mosquito management plan, concerns for mosquitoes in your area or would like to know more, please check out www.plano.gov .

Jul 29

Ward Off Mosquitoes with the 4 D's

Posted on July 29, 2014 at 2:13 PM by Melissa Peachey

While West Nile Virus has been less active this year, this mosquito season brought with it a new concern, the Chikungunya virus (CHIKV). CHIKV is not endemic in the United States but recently cases have been reported in North Texas. All of these cases have been people who were exposed while traveling to countries where the disease is prevalent. In late 2013, CHIKV was found for the first time in the Americas on islands in the Caribbean. This is why it is still known as a "traveler's disease." 

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Jul 03

Come on rain!

Posted on July 3, 2014 at 4:06 PM by Regina Ryan

Well, here we are again with another week of lower mosquito populations than is typical for this time of year. We are continuing to trap throughout the City of Plano and are even deploying some of our CDC light traps to take a look at the mosquito populations that don’t typically carry West Nile virus as well. The light traps are designed to use a small light bulb and a CO2 source, dry in this case, to attract mosquitos. We are seeing very favorable numbers in these traps as well. There is some West Nile virus activity going on in 3 counties in Texas however. Always be using the 4 D’s (Dress, Dawn/Dusk, Defend, Drain) while outdoors to minimize the risk for West Nile virus.

Have a safe and happy 4th of July!

As always if you have any questions about the City of Plano’s integrated mosquito management plan, concerns for mosquitos in your area or would like to know more, please check out www.plano.gov .