RICHARDSON – Contractors with Richardson’s Health Department will begin to set up mosquito traps around the community starting, Sun. Apr. 25.

The traps are a key part to our surveillance as we monitor for mosquitoes carrying West Niles Virus (WNV).  Mosquitoes with WNV are usually active between dusk and dawn. The City of Richardson practices integrated mosquito control with the intent to disrupt the mosquito life cycle in its early stages to eliminate the number of adults and mosquito breeding habitats.

“We set up 12 traps every week, in the same location, to help us monitor the number of mosquitoes. When there is a positive test for WNV, we make plans to spray the area for the virus,” said Janice Tower, Assistant Director, Health Department.

People can protect themselves from mosquito bites by following the Four D’s of protection:

  • DRAIN standing water around the home
  • Use insect repellent containing DEET
  • Avoid being outdoors at DUSK/DAWN
  • DRESS to protect yourself with long sleeves and pants.

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