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The City of Plano controls mosquitoes on public property by eliminating the breeding source, applying pesticides to stagnant water and spraying as necessary for adult mosquitoes. The Vector Control Program does not treat private property for insect (or rodent) problems.
You can help prevent the spread of illnesses caused by mosquitoes by remembering the four D’s:
- Dawn to Dusk - Mosquitoes are active most of the day. If possible, try to stay indoors. If this is not possible, make sure you follow the other D's.
- Dress in long sleeves and pants when outside to keep skin covered.
- DEET- This is an ingredient to look for in your insect repellent to apply when staying outdoors.
- Drain - Standing water is a breeding site for mosquitoes, drain the water in your yard. Keep swimming pools treated and circulated, and rain gutters unclogged.
A vector is an organism, such as a mosquito that carries disease-causing microorganisms from one host to another (vectors also include rats and other animals).
After an incubation period of 3 to 15 days, symptoms of the West Nile Virus often replicate the flu, beginning with headache, fever and body aches. Most infections are mild. Skin rash and swollen lymph glands may accompany these symptoms.
Severe infection is marked by headache, high fever, neck stiffness, disorientation, tremors, muscle weakness, paralysis, and rarely, death. Persons over 50 carry the highest risk for getting the disease.
A physician should be consulted immediately for any health concerns.
West Nile Virus spreads when mosquitoes feed on infected birds. The newly infected mosquito carries the potential to transmit West Nile Virus and may infect the humans or animals it feeds on. There is no documentation saying that West Nile Virus can be transmitted to people from either other humans or animals.
Additional information can be found at texaszika.org.