Sunday, May 28, 2023

How Do I Report a Mosquito Issue?

April showers bring May flowers, something we have all heard before.  But the better weather also brings mosquitos and mosquitos can cause diseases such as West Nile Virus and St. Louis Encephalitis.

Controlling mosquitoes on your property can be quite cumbersome. Standing water, overgrown grass and shrubbery are often breeding grounds for mosquitoes and can cause increased mosquito activity.

To report areas that are breeding grounds for mosquitos or to report a significant increase in mosquito activity, Southlake Emergency Management has implemented a new mosquito issue reporting tool.

If you have identified an issue with mosquitoes and would like to file a report, you can now submit a report online.  In this tool, you will be able to view a map that annotates reports within the same area and the status of each report.

Although these pesky pests are common and native to Texas, the City of Southlake Office of Emergency Management utilizes effective methods to reduce the risk of mosquitos that are a threat to public health within the community.

Following the Vector Control Plan, OEM monitors mosquito abundance, indicators, and mosquito-transmitted diseases.  As a response mechanism, they can employ methods to control larval and adult mosquitos with environmental modification or the selective use of larvicides such as mosquito dunks.

An additional method of mosquito prevention is mosquito insecticide spraying. This portion of the Integrated Vector Management Program is only utilized when staff deems it is necessary to respond to the public health threat and to stop the spread of disease.

For more information regarding mosquito spraying, please visit www.cityofsouthlake/spray . For more information on insecticides, please visit the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency