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Posted on: May 16, 2014

[ARCHIVED] Remember to Follow the 5 Ds to Help Protect Against Mosquitoes This Season

With the weather heating up, the City of Allen’s Environmental Health Division wants to remind residents that the most effective way to avoid mosquito-borne illnesses is to follow the 5 Ds to minimize the risk of mosquito bites and breeding.

  • Drain standing water in your backyard and neighborhood; old tires, flowerpots and clogged rain gutters are mosquito-breeding sites. Change out pet water daily and keep swimming pools treated.
  • DEET - Apply insect repellent that contains DEET (N, N-diethyl-m-toluamide). Be sure to read label instructions. Spray clothing with repellent as well as exposed skin.
  • Dress in light colored long sleeves and long pants when you are outside.
  • Dusk and Dawn is when mosquitoes are most active. Stay indoors or minimize outdoor activities.
  • Doors and windows should remain closed and screens kept in good repair to prevent mosquitoes from entering your home.

The City continues its ongoing mosquito control activities to help reduce the risks associated with mosquitoes and the associated West Nile Virus. In working with Collin County Health Care Services and surrounding municipalities throughout mosquito season, enhanced response efforts such as mosquito trapping and testing, and larvicide treatment in areas of stagnant water are already under way.

In addition, proactive efforts will continue to include larvicide treatment of stagnant swimming pools and selected natural areas including creeks and detention ponds along with code enforcement response related to reports of standing water. The City encourages its residents to report areas of stagnant water, by calling 214.509.4160.

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