Fight the Bite
Mosquito-borne diseases like West Nile Virus pose a continual threat to the Williamson County population, but prevention is your best chance to reduce risk.
Fight The Bite is the Williamson County & Cities Health District's online resource for the latest news on mosquito-borne illnesses and tips to keep you and your family safe.
Steps to reduce mosquitoes
Here are some suggestions to reduce mosquitoes around your home and yard:
- Get rid of old tires, tin cans, bottles, buckets, drums and other containers in your yard or keep them empty of standing water
- Empty wading pools frequently and store them indoors when not in use
- Repair leaky pipes and outside faucets
- Replace your outdoor lights with yellow "bug" lights.
- Change water in bird baths and scrub them twice a week
- If you have outside pets, empty their watering dishes daily
- Clean clogged roof gutters and drain flat roofs
- Treat standing water that can't be drained with Bacillus thuringiensis israelensis (Bti), available at most home and garden stores
- Make sure window and door screens are "bug tight"
- Whenever possible, remain indoors at dusk and dawn, when mosquitoes are most active.
- When outdoors, wear protective clothing, or use insect repellent with the active ingredient DEET to avoid exposure to mosquitoes. Always read instructions before using insect repellent or other chemicals.
Posted: Tuesday, August 06, 2013