Mosquito Prevention and Control
West Nile Virus Information
There were 172 verified cases of West Nile Virus reported in Texas in 2013, including 13 deaths. The City of Greenville contracts with Municipal Mosquito
to trap and test mosquitoes for the virus to reduce the risk of infection for area residents.
Though the City acts to reduce the risk, personal responsibility
is vital in the prevention West Nile Virus. The following resources may be helpful in educating citizens about how to protect themselves and others.
Mosquitoes are annoying and pose a health risk to both people and animals. There are several steps indivduals can take to prevent mosquitoes.
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 water does not be come stagnant and attract mosquitoes
Protect you and your family from mosquitoes by remembering the Four Ds:
- DRAIN standing water around homes, apartments and businesses.
- DUSK to DAWN are peak mosquito activity hours. Stay indoors during these hours when possible.
- DRESS in long sleeves and pants when outside. Spray clothing with insect repellent.
- DEET: Use insect repellents containing DEET, picaridin or oil of lemon eucalyptus for the highest level of protection.
Greenville Mosquito Policy
Homeowners or residents who notice a few mosquitoes in their area, should make sure they have eliminated places where mosquitoes breed. If breeding grounds have been eliminated and mosquitoes are still present, it is advisable to apply insecticide or briquettes designed specifically for mosquito control. These products may be purchased at local garden, hardware and home improvement stores, as well as other retail outlets.