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Tips For A Bite-Free Mosquito Environment

It’s summertime and the living is easy, frogs are jumping, and mosquitos are biting!

The City of Dallas and the CDC has shared some tips for keeping those buzzing buggers away from you and your home.

Most mosquitoes in our area and around the country are homegrown and need water to reproduce. Mosquitoes mature from egg to adult in 7-10 days and are prevalent in the Dallas/Fort Worth area until November.

Easy Guidelines for Getting Rid of Mosquito Breeding Sites

  • Empty standing water from flowerpots, buckets and barrels.
  • Change the water in pet dishes consistently.
  • Replace the water in birdbaths weekly.
  • Drill holes in tire swings so water drains out.
  • Keep your children’s wading pools empty and, on their sides, when they are not being used.
  • Eliminate puddles caused by leaking faucets and pipes or condensation from air conditioners.

Four D’s of Mosquito Safety Awareness

  • DRAIN: Drain or treat all standing water in and around your home or workplace. Standing water can also be found in swimming pools that are not kept clean, ponds, potted plants, old tires, toys and clogged rain gutters.
  • DUSK and DAWN: Limit outdoor activities during dusk and dawn when mosquitoes are most active. The mosquito that carries the West Nile Virus is active during the daytime hours, so be sure you are protected at all times.
  • DRESS: Wear long, loose, and light-colored clothing outside.
  • DEET ALL DAY, EVERY DAY: Whenever you are out in your yards or running around town, use insect repellents that contain DEET, or other EPA approved repellents or an organic alternative like Oil of Lemon Eucalyptus. Be sure to read and follow the directions on the package.

Heeding these tips will help you get through the hot days of summer and beyond bite free.


Heidi Frankel

Heidi Frankel began her career in sales and marketing in Los Angeles. Upon moving to Dallas, she has worked in both television and radio as a creator, producer, writer, reporter, and co-host. Throughout the course of her career, she has interviewed such celebrities as former Dallas Cowboy Troy Aikman, pop-culture icon Stan Lee, astronauts Jim Lovell and Fred Hayes, historian Doris Kearns Goodwin, and former President George W. Bush when he was Texas Governor. Heidi lives in Dallas, Texas, with her husband. They have one son. She enjoys gardening, exercise, spending time with her sweet cats, Virgil and Aeschylus.

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