West Nile virus is actively circulating in The Woodlands – take precautions

The Woodlands Township Mosquito Surveillance Program indicates disease activity is increasing with almost half of monitored zones returning a positive mosquito sample for West Nile virus (WNV). Mid-July to mid-August is the typical peak of WNV activity in the mosquito population—please be vigilant in protecting yourself and your loved ones from mosquito bites. There has been one reported human case of WNV in north Texas, according to the Department of State Health Services. 

The Township partners with county agencies to respond to disease activity. Access the Mosquito Treatment Activity Map for South Montgomery County here and for Harris County here to find out if and when your area has been scheduled for spraying. Montgomery County Precinct 4 conducts additional operations which includes Harper’s Landing, their map is accessed here. Residents of Alden Bridge and College Park west of I-45 can learn of additional operations in Precinct 2 by calling that office at 281-259-6405. 

Environmental Services regularly looks for and treats sites where mosquitoes are breeding. Help us stop mosquitoes at the source by targeting these items in your own neighborhood: 

  • Tip out toys and garden equipment after rain 
  • Clean out gutters 
  • Maintain birdbaths 
  • Treat meter boxes that hold water with Bti Mosquito Dunks® 

Non-toxic Bti Mosquito Dunks® are the best way to treat areas where water stands for more than five days. Cheap, easy, and safe for pets and wildlife, you can find them at your local hardware store.  

Personal Protective Measures 

  1. Everyone is advised to wear repellent when outdoors and when West Nile virus is known to be circulating. This is especially important when someone: 
  • Is over age 50 
  • Is outside in the early morning or evening hours when mosquitoes are most active 
  • Has underlying health conditions 

There are special considerations for children – see this Parents Guide to Repellent.  

  1. The mosquitoes that carry WNV are more active during early dawn, dusk and dark hours. Consider changing your routine if you are normally outdoors during these times, or create a barrier by covering skin with long sleeves and pants. 

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 enviro@thewoodlandstownship-tx.gov or call 281-210-3800.  

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