News Review
Fight the bite!
Remember "the Four Ds" when it comes to mosquitoes.
Posted Date: 6/12/2014

The Williamson County and Cities Health District reminds you to "Fight the Bite" and please remember "the Four Ds" when it comes to mosquitoes:  Drain standing water on your property so mosquitoes won't breed, Defend yourself with an EPA-approved insect repellent, stay indoors at Dusk and Dawn when mosquitoes are most active, and Dress in long sleeves and pants and spray insect repellent on your clothes.  

Drain standing water
Places to look include wheelbarrows, rain gutters, buckets, plastic covers, toys, or any other
containers where mosquitoes can breed. The Williamson County and Cities Health District also recommends taking the following steps to eliminate stagnant water:

• Empty and change the water in pet drinking bowls, bird baths, fountains, wading pools, rain
• barrels, and potted plant trays every 4 to 5 days to destroy potential mosquito habitats
• Drain or fill temporary pools of water with dirt
• Keep swimming pool water treated and circulating
• Clean out rain gutters
• Remove discarded tires or keep them dry and covered
• Add an aerator to ponds and water gardens or add fish that will eat mosquitoes and larvae
• Remove debris (leaves, twigs, trash) from ditches and low areas
• Fill in ruts and holes that collect standing water

For areas where standing water cannot be removed, the City asks residents and business owners to add the bacterial agent Bacillus thuringiensis (Bt), which may be purchased at most home improvement stores. Bt is a naturally occurring disease of insects, including mosquitoes, but is not harmful to humans or pets. For more information on Bt, click here.

To report potential mosquito habitats such as stagnant water ponds, abandoned swimming pools, or discarded tires, please call the City of Cedar Park’s Code Enforcement Division at 512-401-5206.

For more information about WNV, click here