Mosquito Control News & Information

Mosquito Control


The Town of Highland Park staff conducts mosquito control activities year-round, but increases those efforts from April through October, during the most active mosquito season in North Texas.

Testing & Monitoring


The Town works along with Dallas County Health and Human Services Department (DCHHS), and other government and private entities to conduct surveillance and testing of the mosquito population for West Nile Virus. Monitoring for mosquitoes occurs year round. To get the most up-to-date information on mosquito control activities in Highland Park, please sign up with Blue Zone News and Blackboard Connect.

Mosquito Ground Spraying - Recent Applications 

The Town’s decision to use adulticide is based on the Centers for Disease Control’s recommendations that surveillance data, when combined with established thresholds, indicates a necessity to reduce the density of adult mosquito populations quickly to lower the risk of West Nile Virus. Ground spraying measures include the public rights-of-way and the Town’s tennis courts. In the event of rain or wind speeds in excess of 10 m.p.h., the spraying is rescheduled. Individuals should remain inside and protect pets during the time the sprayers are in your area. Any pet water dishes left outside should be cleaned after spraying. 


Information on the most recent mosquito ground spraying dates and locations - are posted to the Town's website.
The Town is broken up into four geographical quadrants for the purpose of adultcide application, and the Mosquito Management Map complements the information in the hyperlink above.  

Mosquito Management Map

Methods of Control


The Town's Mosquito Control Policy includes public education, source reduction, and larviciding, to prevent mosquito eggs from developing into adults. The Town practices integrated mosquito control with the intent to disrupt the mosquito life cycle in its early stages to eliminate the number of adults and mosquito breeding sites. Should you observe any standing water in public areas or on private property, notify the Town at 214-521-4161 or make the report on the HP4U Resident Connection.

Protection Starts With You


Steps You Can Take

West Nile Virus, Chikungunya, Dengue, & Zika Virus

 
Staff has discussed Zika Virus strategies with Dallas County Health & Human Services Vector Control. They recommended that the Town continue its integrated mosquito management program. 

Useful links:



CDC Info:
http://www.cdc.gov/zika/

Texas Department of State Health Services Info: 
Zika in Texas

DCHHS Info:
Dallas County Mosquito Prevention Page
DCHHS West Nile Watch 


Mosquitoes & Covid-19


Covid-19 Cannot be Transmitted Through Mosquito Bites


To date there has been no information nor evidence to suggest that Covid-19 could be transmitted by mosquitoes. The Covid-19 is a respiratory virus which spreads primarily through droplets generated when an infected person coughs or sneezes, or through droplets of saliva or discharge from the nose. To protect yourself, clean your hands frequently with an alcohol-based hand rub or wash them with soap and water. Also, avoid close contact with anyone who is coughing and sneezing.

From the CDC – Centers for Disease Control


• Mosquitoes and ticks can’t spread all types of viruses. 
• At this time, we have no data to suggest that COVID-19 or other similar coronaviruses (e.g. SARS, MERS) are spread by mosquitoes or ticks. 
• For a virus to pass to a person through a mosquito or tick bite, the virus must be able to replicate inside the mosquito or tick. 

A recent article released by Texas AgriLife Today, a part of the Texas A&M University System discusses this topic more.  Click here to read the article.