West Nile Spraying Information
At this link you can find the latest information from the City of Dallas about spraying, spraying maps and schedules, and other information about West Nile.
Here at Eco Friends Pest Control, we are advocates for limited to no-chemical control of pests and we know it is effective. We are concerned with both the short-term and long-term effects of wide-spread spraying of chemicals used in mosquito control, and are concerned with its very effectiveness. We have serious concerns on the effect of our very ecosystem and the ramifications of spraying on pollinating bee species that are effected by municipal mosquito spraying, fogging and aerial spraying.
But the City of Dallas *is* spraying again in an attempt to reduce outbreaks of West Nile.
1) Be informed of happenings in your neighborhood.
2) Do your part to reduce mosquito populations by dedicated yard maintenance!
Drain standing water in your yard and neighborhood. Standing water can be found in swimming pools that are not kept clean, ponds, pet watering dishes, birdbaths, potted plants, old tires, empty containers, toys and clogged rain gutters.
Mosquitoes love ground cover! Ivy, Monkey Grass, Vinca, Jasmine, etc. The only way to rid mosquitoes in undergrowth is with treatments. Talk to us about different strategies.
And to protect yourself:
Dusk/dawn are the times of day you should stay indoors when mosquitoes are most active.
Dress in long-sleeved shirts and wear pants when you are outside. Spray thin clothing with insect repellent.
Deet (N, N-diethyl-m-toluamide) is an ingredient to look for in your insect repellent (or use an organic alternative such as orange spray, eucalyptus, or citronella!).