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City of Plano Parks and Recreation

Posted on: June 20, 2018

Sharing nature with Mother Nature: How to take to trails and parks safely this summer

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It’s that time of year again—the mercury is rising and the mosquitos, chiggers and ticks are out in full force this summer.

While all three of these can be found along our trails and in our parks (particularly in tall grass and wooded areas), this does not have to be a deterrent for local nature lovers!

The City of Plano’s Environmental Health and Sustainability (EHS) team sets mosquito traps every week that are then sent to the Texas Department of State Health Services (TDSHS) in Austin to be tested for disease. The City also places insecticide in strategically-targeted locations around Plano that have higher potential for mosquitoes, such as areas near creeks and streams.

This being said, however, you should always make a habit of applying insect repellent whatever your outdoor activity. Any time you’re outside, there’s the distinct possibility you may come into contact with mosquitos and other insects.

The City of Plano’s Environmental Health Department’s web page contains helpful information on mosquito-borne illnesses, as well as information about what the city does to combat mosquitos and what you can do to protect yourself throughout the coming months.

Here are a few tips on how you can protect you and your family from mosquitos and ticks:

  • Drain all standing water in your yard or neighborhood, to prevent mosquitoes from breeding
  • Dusk and dawn are when mosquitoes are most active. Use preventive measures.
  • Dress in long sleeves and pants, or loose, light-colored clothing when outdoors, to easily spot any insects
  • Defend yourself with a repellent that contains DEET. The Environmental Protection Agency can help you select the insect repellent that is right for you.
  • Treat items such as boots, pants, socks, and tents with permethrin or use permethrin-treated clothing and gear
  • Take steps to control ticks and fleas on pets
  • Find and remove ticks daily from family and pets

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