Avoid the Sting of Biting-Insect Season
By Office of Communication
Posted on April 27, 2012, April 27, 2012

A mild winter has translated into an early spring for North Texas. And, while residents are enjoying the blooming greenery and warmer temperatures, the transition also signals an early season for biting insects.

"The combination of a mild winter and a wet spring has provided perfect breeding conditions for mosquitoes and other biting insects," said Barbara Martindale, health operations manager for the City's Community Development and Planning Department. "We urge residents to take precautions, especially eliminating any standing water on their property, to avoid being bitten."

Any standing water, even a small amount in a saucer under a potted plant, can serve as a breeding ground for insect larva, Martindale said. Citizens who have swimming pools should maintain the proper chemical balance or consider draining the water or treating it.

Arlington residents can enjoy the warmer months and reduce the chances of being bitten by following the "Four Ds" : DEET, Dress, Dusk and Dawn and Drain:

    • Apply insect repellent that contains DEET (N, N-diethyl-m-toluamide). Be sure to read label instructions. Spray clothing with repellent as well as exposed skin.
    • Dress in long sleeves and long pants when you are outside. Biting insects are less attracted to light-colored clothing.
    • Stay indoors at dusk and dawn when biting insects are most active.
    • Drain standing water on your property. Old tires, flowerpots, birdbaths, pet water container and clogged rain gutters are breeding sites for insects.

Biting-Insect Season

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