Mosquito Control and Prevention
The city of Fate makes effort throughout the year in mosquito control activities with larvicide surveillance, adulticide, and public education. Mosquito control activities are conducted year around but are increased from May through October, the most active time for Mosquitoes in North Texas.
Each week mosquito traps are set throughout the City and testing is performed to determine any presence of virus.
The step by step approach endorsed by the Centers for Disease Control, Texas Department of State Health Services and the Texas mosquito control association employs:
1. Surveillance by sampling by trapping and testing mosquitoes for disease.
2. Reduction of mosquito breeding sites.
3. Biological control.
4. Chemical treatment when disease is present.
5. Public education to advise of personal protection measures.
For information about mosquito abatement or to report a problem area contact the Building Safety Department at 972-771-4601.
Mosquito control must be a shared responsibility in order for abatement to be successful. Listed below are ways you can help.
• Keep grass cut short and shrubbery well-trimmed around the home.
• Monitor irrigation use to prevent standing water.
• Drain, dispose of or properly store items that could hold water (ie. Tires, buckets, bird baths ect.)
• Properly maintain swimming pools.
• Keep drains ditches and culverts clean of weeds and trash.
• Cover trash containers to keep out rain water.
Remember the Four D’s of Protection
1. Dress to protect: wear long sleeves and long pants.
2. Dusk, Daytime and Dawn: protect yourself against mosquitoes anytime you are outside.
3. Defend: wear insect repellent with DEET, Picaridin, Oil of Lemon Eucalyptus or an effective alternative.
4. Drain standing water: eliminate any water that stands for longer than 5 days or treat water with larvicide according to the label.
Adult mosquitoes prefer to rest on weeds and other vegetation. Weeding lawns and flower beds and mowing the lawn regularly is the best natural defense against them.
Applying insecticides may be applied to the lower limbs of shade trees, shrubs and other vegetation.
An efficient way to control mosquitoes is to find and eliminate their larval habitat. Eliminating large larval development sites like rain barrels and ponding areas with little drainage. The application of insecticides targeted at the larvae or pupae to bodies of water harboring the larvae.
Destroy or dispose of tin cans, old tires, buckets, unused plastic swimming pools or other containers that collect and hold water. Add our general cleanup services to add to your regular lawn care routine.