• City of Ferris Public Works

Mosquito Control


Due to recent rain events a rise in the mosquito population may have occur, below is information on how to control mosquito populations and minimize your risk of bites. Currently the Public Works dept. is placing dunks in any standing water and are working with other agencies in monitoring the population, please report any standing water or areas of concern to 972-842-2752

For more information on on current cases of West Nile virus please visit:

http://www.dshs.state.tx.us/idcu/disease/arboviral/westnile/

For more information on Mosquito Control please visit:

https://agrilifeextension.tamu.edu/browse/mosquito-control/

Mosquito Control at Home and in the Yard

All animals, including mosquitoes, need three things to survive – food, water and shelter. If we eliminate one of the three, mosquitoes cannot survive.

Keep Mosquitoes Out of Your Home and Yard:

  • Repair window and door screens

  • Eliminate mosquito shelters in your yard

  • Mow grass and tall weeds

  • Cut back shrubs and vines

  • Treat in shaded areas with a professional pest control application or DIY spray treatment

  • Remove tires and junk

Dump, Drain or Change Water:

  • Dump or drain water to eliminate egg laying sites.

  • Change water regularly in a dog dish, bird bath or plant pot to eliminate nutrients.

  • Eliminate any place where water can collect and be retained for 7-10 days, especially when there is organic matter present, such as soil or leaves.

Additional Mosquito Breeding Sites Include:

  • Toys

  • Swings

  • Buckets and containers

  • Wheelbarrows

  • Bird baths

  • Flower pots

  • Poorly draining gutters

  • Sagging tarps

  • Plastic pools

  • Tree holes

  • Cesspool or septic tank

  • Untreated and non-functioning swimming pools

  • Tires

  • Cisterns or rain barrels

  • Low ditches or parts of the yard

  • Stagnant ponds

When Water Can’t be Dumped or Drained:

  • Use a larvicide for homeowners such as Mosquito DunksⓇ or the Mosquito TorpedoⓇ that are based on Bacillus thuringiensis israeliensis (Bti), a bacterium that produces proteins that are toxic for certain fly larvae.

  • These products have little effect on the environment and lower impact than adulticides.

  • They are also safe for non-target insects and mammals.

  • They are usually effective for up to 30 days.

  • The labels describe how these products should be used and how long each product lasts.

Backyard Foggers:

  • Use a fogger for temporary relief from biting mosquitoes for a couple of hours or more.

  • Direct toward shady areas and plants where mosquitoes rest and hide during the day.

  • Thermal foggers use heat, usually from a propane flame, to create a thick white fog that can kill many resting mosquitoes.

  • Aerosol foggers usually empty more quickly and are more costly than thermal foggers.

  • Thermal foggers produce a highly visible smoke that can alarm neighbors.

  • Both types of foggers may harm beneficial insects, such as bees, butterflies, and predator insects.

  • Do not use them near plants where bees are active, and follow the label instructions carefully.

How to Prevent Mosquito Bites

Prevent mosquito bites by remembering the 4 D’s.

1. Drain or Dump

  • Drain or dump out all standing water around your home

  • Clean clogged gutters

  • Empty bird baths and flower pot drain dishes weekly

  • Store buckets, toys, and wheelbarrows so they do not hold water

2. Day, Dusk and Dark

  • Avoid disease-spreading mosquitoes, which can be active at any time, day or night

  • They can bite anytime that the temperature rises above 55℉

3. Dress

  • Outdoors, wear long pants and long-sleeve shirts

  • Choose fabrics with a tight weave instead of knits or other loosely woven materials

4. DEET

  • Use mosquito repellent containing one of these ingredients when you’re outdoors

  • DEET

  • IR3535

  • Picaridin

  • Oil of lemon eucalyptus (paramenthane-3, 8-diol)


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