The Woodlands Township Mosquito Surveillance Program indicates disease activity is widespread with over half (56%) of zones and 9 of 10 Villages returning a mosquito sample positive for West Nile virus (WNV). The next two weeks continue the typical peak of WNV activity in the mosquito population – please be vigilant in taking personal protective measures. There has been one reported human case of WNV in north Texas, according to the state press release.
Access the treatment map and schedule for South Montgomery County here and for Harris County here.
Personal Protective Measures
- Everyone is advised to wear repellent when outdoors when West Nile virus is known to be circulating. This is especially true if someone:
- Is outside in the early morning or evening hours when mosquitoes are most active
- Is over age 50
- Has underlying health conditions
There are special considerations for children – see this Parents Guide to Repellent.
- The mosquitoes that carry WNV are more active at dusk, dark, and the early dawn hours. Consider changing your routine if you are normally outdoors during these times, or create a barrier by covering up skin with long sleeves and pants.
- Drain after rain to deny mosquitoes a place to lay their eggs and reproduce. Empty out water that accumulates in toys, tires, trash cans, buckets, clogged rain gutters and plant pots.
- Treat water you do keep – in bird baths, rain barrels, and ponds – with non-toxic Mosquito Dunks®. Cheap, easy, and safe for pets and wildlife, you can find them at your local hardware store.
More Tools to Mosquito-Proof Your Patio
Here is information about why an oscillating fan works well and why we recommend garlic barrier, just two of the suggestions in the Mosquito-Proof Your Patio series. Use this handy guide to check your yard for other places mosquitoes might be lurking.
To report a problem area or to request more information, contact the Environmental Services Department at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 281-210-3800.