Know the Four Ds
AMARILLO, TX – The recent rain in Amarillo is great for the community, but it is also helpful for a community of pests – mosquitoes. The City of Amarillo’s Environmental Health department will have the entire team treating for these disease transmitting pests throughout Amarillo over the next several weeks, but the public can also help.
How? Implement the four Ds - Drain, Deet, Dress and Daily.
●Drain … and Mow – Tip, toss and drain the water from all containers around your property. Adult mosquitoes prefer to rest on weeds and other vegetation. Residents can reduce the number of areas where adult mosquitoes can find shelter by cutting down weeds adjacent to the house foundation or yards and mowing the lawn regularly. To further reduce adult mosquitoes harboring in vegetation, insecticides may be applied to the lower limbs of shade trees, shrubs and other vegetation. Always read and follow label directions before using any pesticide.
●Deet – Apply insect repellent on exposed skin and clothing when you go outdoors. Use an Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) registered insect repellent, and re-apply if you are outside for long periods of time. Look for these active ingredients recommended by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and the EPA: DEET, picaridin, IR3535, and plant-based oil of lemon eucalyptus (do not use this product on children under the age of 3 years).
●Dress – Wear long sleeve shirts and long pants and socks while outdoors to prevent mosquitoes.
●Daily Avoid Mosquitoes – The mosquitoes that spread West Nile Virus bite between dusk and dawn. Limit the amount of time you spend outdoors during these hours. If you are outside, be sure to wear repellent and protective clothing.
For questions or concerns regarding mosquitoes, please call Environmental Health at (806) 378-9472. To learn more about mosquito control, visit the Environmental Health department’s mosquito information page at https://www.amarillo.gov/departments/community-services/environmental-health/mosquito-control. Additional information can also be found at http://www.cdc.gov/features/StopMosquitoes/.