Thursday, December 5, 2019

Fight The Bite This Holiday Weekend

The weather looks great for the 4th of July holiday, but the seasonably cool temperatures will not deter mosquitoes during your outdoor events. That’s why it’s more important than ever to continue to Fight the Bite as you celebrate Independence Day.

You can Fight the Bite by following the 4D’s:

  • DRAIN standing water in the areas around your property. Change the water in pet dishes and replace the water in bird baths weekly. Drill holes in tire swings so water drains out. Keep children’s wading pools empty and on their sides when they aren’t being used. When you are outdoors, use insect repellent containing DEET.
  • Use an insect repellent containing DEET (N-diethyl-m-toluamide).
  • Stay indoors during DUSK and DAWN, as these are the times when mosquitos are most active.
  • DRESS in long sleeves and pants when you have to be outside. For extra protection, spray your clothes with a thin layer of insect repellent containing DEET. Also, make sure you have good screens on your windows and doors to keep mosquitoes out.

The City of Southlake has been proactively testing for the presence of West Nile Virus since early April. Though no indication of the disease has been discovered in Southlake, we encourage everyone to remain vigilant against the threat.

For more information about West Nile Virus, visit the City’s Fight the Bite page at www.CityofSouthlake.com/FighttheBite.