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April 26, 2013

City encourages residents to take mosquito control measures

GREENVILLE — More West Nile Virus cases were reported in Texas last year than ever before. Not only are mosquitos annoying, but can also pose health risks. Individual responsibility is the most effective way of controlling mosquitos and the City of Greenville encourages residents to take steps to prevent mosquitoes in and around their homes.

The most successful way to prevent mosquitos is to eliminate places where the insects breed:

— Eliminate standing water around homes, apartments and businesses.

— Keep lawns mowed since mosquitoes are likely to be found in high grass and weeds.

— Keep rain gutters free of leaves and debris to eliminate this as a breeding site.

— Empty water dishes, bird baths, wading pools, buckets, and flower pots that hold water.

— Maintain swimming pools so that water does not become stagnant and attract mosquitoes.

Protect you and your family from mosquitoes by remembering the Four Ds:

— DRAIN standing water around your home, apartment or business.

— DUSK/DAWN are the times of day when mosquitoes are most active, so avoid outside activities whenever possible and stay indoors.

— DRESS in long sleeves and pants when outside.  Spray clothing with insect repellent.

— DEET is one of the most important ingredients to look for in an insect repellent. The higher percentage of DEET in a repellent, the longer lasting protection it will provide against mosquito bites.

If you notice mosquitoes in your area, make sure and eliminate places where mosquitoes breed. If you still see a few insects, apply insecticide or larvicide briquettes (mosquito dunks) made especially for mosquito control. These products are available from local garden, hardware, and home improvement stores, as well as many other retail outlets.

Peak mosquito season is between May and October. The City of Greenville will spray for mosquitos throughout the community in May. The City has initiated a public education campaign for mosquito control.

For information, resources, and tips on mosquito control, visit: www.ci.greenville.tx.us/FightTheBite.

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