June 19, 2024 – National Mosquito Control Awareness Week, observed June 16-22, 2024, educates residents about mosquitoes and the activities of local programs that help prevent the spread of mosquito-borne diseases. In addition to interrupting outdoor activities, mosquitoes also pose a formidable threat to public health due to the diseases that they can transmit, such as dengue, malaria, and West Nile virus (WNV). Mosquitoes can also transmit diseases to your pets, such as heartworm disease. During this week, WCCHD seeks to empower the community to take action against mosquitoes around their homes and neighborhoods.

In honor of this year’s National Mosquito Control Awareness Week, we are thrilled to announce the launch of a new mosquito surveillance dashboard. This innovative tool, developed in partnership with Williamson County GIS, will offer weekly updates on mosquito trapping and West Nile Virus (WNV) activity throughout the County. Furthermore, the interactive map will display the treatment areas and dates for scheduled adult mosquito control, enhancing our community’s ability to stay informed and protected.

Other activities this week include mosquito trivia on social media pages.  

“National Mosquito Control Awareness Week is a great way to increase awareness of our work. Community education and outreach are the most effective tools in our program, but it truly takes everyone,” said Jason Fritz, IVM Program Lead.
As always, WCCHD recommends the following the 3Ds of mosquito prevention measures:
  • Dump Standing Water: Mosquitoes need water to complete their life cycle, so it is crucial to eliminate any stagnant water around homes and properties. Regularly inspect and empty containers such as flowerpots, buckets, birdbaths, and clogged gutters where water may accumulate. Cover or empty kiddie pools when not in use.
    • Standing water that cannot be physically drained can be treated with EPA-approved larvicides that are available for retail purchase from home and garden stores.
    • Larvicides are products used to kill immature mosquitoes before they become adults. Larvicides are applied directly to water sources that hold mosquito larvae. When used correctly, larvicides can help reduce the overall mosquito burden by limiting the number of mosquitoes that are produced.
  • Defend/Use Mosquito Repellent: When spending time outdoors, especially during dawn and dusk when mosquitoes are most active, use insect repellent containing DEET, picaridin, or oil of lemon eucalyptus to protect against mosquito bites.
  • Dress/Wear Protective Clothing: Cover exposed skin with long sleeves, pants, and socks when spending time outdoors, particularly in areas with high mosquito activity.
The Integrated Vector Management (IVM) Program protects the health of county residents from vector-borne diseases through surveillance, control, prevention, and community outreach. Learn more at www.wcchd.org/FightTheBite.