How can I protect myself to reduce the risk of mosquito bites?

Preventing mosquito bites is the best way to avoid getting West Nile virus. The Texas Department of State Health Services tells people to "Declare WAR on Mosquitoes":

  • Apply insect repellent that contains DEET (N, N-diethyl-m-toluamide). Be sure to read label instructions. Spray clothing with repellent, as well as exposed skin.
  • Dress in long sleeves and long pants when you are outside.
  • Stay indoors at dusk and dawn, times when infected mosquitoes are most active.
  • Remove standing water in your backyard and neighborhood. Areas to look include French drains, gutters, old tires, flowerpots, trash containers, inoperable swimming pools, bird baths, pet bowls, etc. Citizens may actively treat areas of stagnant water on their property, not to include creeks and other protected waterways. Mosquito larvicidal treatments can be purchased at feed stores and home improvement centers.

Please refer to the CDC for detailed precaution recommendations for children and adults. What to do instead? Consider using alternatives that are non-toxic, but still effective, such as organic alternatives. If you have questions, please contact Health & Food Safety.

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1. What is the City of Frisco doing about mosquito viruses?
2. How can I protect myself to reduce the risk of mosquito bites?
3. Will the City of Frisco treat areas on private property?
4. I see standing water in a drainage easement next to my property. What should I do?
5. Does the City of Frisco spray for mosquitoes?
6. When the City does spray, what area(s) will be sprayed and at what times?
7. How will the city alert the public of areas to be sprayed?
8. What is known about the effects on dogs and cats?
9. How can I find out what cases have been confirmed?
10. What is the chemical the third-party contractor would use when spraying?
11. Can I request that my residence / neighborhood be sprayed?
12. What precautions should I take when the city does spray?
13. Can the applicator turn off the sprayer at my house if I request so?
14. I live behind / just outside the radius circle noted. Will my house receive overspray?
15. I jog at night. What do I do if I see the fogging truck?
16. Will the chemicals affect my car, patio furniture, or pool water?
17. What do I need to know about Zika and other viruses?
18. What are the symptoms of West Nile virus?