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. While this is good news, especially in light of the increase in mosquito populations this summer due to all the rain, residents enjoying outdoor activities shouldn’t let down their guard when it comes to protection from mosquito bites. West Nile has been detected in mosquitoes found in nearby cities, so it’s important to keep practicing the Four D’s of Protection:

  • DRAIN standing water around the home
  • Use insect repellent containing DEET
  • Avoid being outdoors at DUSK/DAWN when mosquitoes are most active
  • DRESS with long sleeves and pants to reduce skin exposure