(June 23, 2017) The City of Frisco has applied larvicide in stagnant water areas throughout the Frisco Lakes community after receiving confirmation a mosquito pool tested ‘positive’ for West Nile virus (WNV). No human cases are confirmed in Frisco.
“According to research by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), this early in the ‘mosquito season’, larvicide is the most effective method to target mosquitoes early in their lifecycle before becoming adults,” said Julie Stallcup, Environmental Health Supervisor. “We can’t stress enough how important it is to ‘fight the bite’. “
The City of Frisco supports four precautionary habits promoted by the Texas Department of State Health Services.
- Use approved insect repellents: Use repellent every time you go outside. Approved repellents contain DEET, picaridin or oil of lemon eucalyptus. Follow label instructions.
- Drain standing water: Drain water that collects in bird baths, French drains, clogged gutters, saucers under potted plants and ‘splash blocks’ (at end of gutter down spout). The mosquitoes that carry WNV breed in stagnant water.
- Wear long sleeves, pants at dawn and dusk (when mosquitoes are most active).
- Use air conditioning: Make sure doors and windows are screened – and those screens are intact.
In accordance with its plan, Frisco began testing for mosquitoes May 1.
For more information on the city’s Mosquito Surveillance and Response Plan, visit Friscotexas.gov/Mosquitoes or contact the City of Frisco’s Health & Food Safety Division at 972-292-5304.