City of Dallas to provide free mosquito dunks to residents

To control mosquito populations and combat West Nile Virus, the City of Dallas Code Compliance Services Department will provide free mosquito dunks to City of Dallas residents.

The mosquito dunks will be available from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday at 3112 Canton St., Suite 100 and at 7901 Goforth. The City will provide one package per household. Citizens must show proof of residency (driver’s license or utility bill) and can only apply the dunks to their property. The product is not for resale and residents should follow the product label. Dunks will be distributed while supplies last.

People have an important role to play in protecting themselves and their loved ones from illnesses caused by mosquitoes. The best way to avoid exposure to West Nile virus is to avoid mosquito bites by employing the 4 Ds’:

Defend yourself by using insect repellents – Follow label instructions
Dress in long sleeves and pants, loose and light colored clothing when you go outside
Dusk and dawn, stay indoors during this time to avoid mosquitoes when they are most active
Drain standing water and install or repair window screens

Protection against mosquito bites
Dallas residents are urged to take precautions against mosquito bites by reducing outdoor activity during early morning and nighttime hours. Residents who are outside during these times should cover their arms and legs and use a mosquito repellant.

Prevent mosquito breeding
Residents should eliminate standing water to prevent mosquito breeding and the spread of West Nile Virus. Breeding places for mosquitoes include swimming pools that are not kept clean, stagnant ponds, pet watering dishes, birdbaths, potted plants, old tires, empty containers, toys and clogged rain gutters and French drains. Standing water should be eliminated promptly, as mosquitoes can grow from egg to adult in as little as seven days.

To report standing water or mosquito problems Dallas residents should call 3-1-1. For additional information on mosquito control visit www.dallascityhall.com.