Tyler Responds to West Nile Discovery
A sample batch of mosquitoes taken from the 1400 block of Kidd Drive in Tyler has tested positive for West Nile virus. The Tyler Mosquito Control (TMC) immediately conducted a door-to-door campaign to inform and educate residents in the area about the virus and preventative measures.
In the continual fight against mosquitoes in the Tyler area, TMC treats standing water with larvicide and insect growth regulator tablets and fogs. TMC continues these treatment practices for the remainder of mosquito season.
“Finding the West Nile virus in mosquitoes first is a good thing,” said Chris Lennon, code enforcement manager. “This gives us the time and resources to treat the area and educate people before anyone is infected with the virus.”
All citizens are encouraged to remember the 4 Ds to optimize protection from mosquitoes:
- Deet: Use insect repellent while outdoors at all times to avoid being bitten by mosquitoes and other insects.
- Dress: Wear long, loose, and light-colored clothing — including pants and long sleeves.
- Drain: Drain all standing water in and around the home and office.
- Dusk and Dawn: Limit outdoor activities during the dusk and dawn hours as mosquitoes are most active during those times.
Residents may report mosquito breeding grounds to TMC by calling 903.535.0045.