Category: Environment

Summer is Stinging Caterpillar Season; Awareness Advised

Nature lovers beware—sometimes the “cutest” looking caterpillars, the fuzzy kind that curious children want to touch, may pack a painful “punch.” A few kinds of caterpillars in Texas carry irritating or venomous hairs, and since there was an abundance of spring foliage this year in North Texas due to all the rain, North Texans may see an abundance of all kinds of caterpillars this summer and fall.

Mosquito Testing Continues; No Positive Test Results Yet

As the Richardson Health Department continues its weekly trapping and testing of mosquitoes, there have been no positive West Nile test results this year or positives for any other mosquito-borne illness that would require neighborhood spraying.

Keep Pool Water Out of Storm Drains

With summer upon us and pool maintenance taking place, the Health Department reminds homeowners to keep pool water out of storm drains and streams—chemically treated pool water kills aquatic life and pollutes our water supply.