Texas Department of State Health Services has identified high levels of West Nile virus in samples of mosquitoes collected in The Woodlands area. No human cases of the disease have been reported in Montgomery County at this time.
The Woodlands Township urges residents to take precautions to protect themselves and their family from mosquito borne disease. Avoid being out of doors from dusk to dawn when disease carrying mosquitoes are most active. If you must be out, wear long, loose, light-colored clothing and use repellent. As recommended by the Center for Disease Control, select a product containing Picaridin, Oil of Lemon Eucalyptus, DEET or IR3535®. Apply as labeled and remove as directed.
Regularly, monitor the yard for breeding sites. Eliminate sources of standing water and treat areas that cannot be drained with mosquito dunks containing Bti, a biological larvicide available at home and garden centers. Run-off from landscape irrigation caused by overwatering also creates mosquito breeding sites. Set sprinkler systems to irrigate no more than twice a week on designated watering days, delivering no more than one inch of water a week. Check water meter boxes, French drains and irrigation boxes for standing water. Treat with mosquito dunks if needed.
For more information on mosquito abatement, visit www.thewoodlandstownship-tx.gov/mosquitoinfo. To report mosquito issues, please contact The Woodlands Township, Environmental Services Department at 281-210-3800.