The City of Allen Environmental Health Division continues to implement ongoing mosquito control activities in order to reduce the risks associated with the West Nile Virus. These efforts include mosquito trapping and testing along with larvicide treatment of stagnant swimming pools and selected natural areas including creeks and detention ponds.
Code Enforcement and Environmental Health staff address stagnant water concerns during all inspections of neighborhoods, apartment complexes, commercial areas and vacant properties.
To report areas of stagnant water, or for additional inquiries, please contact Environmental Services at 214.509.4160.
The most effective method of controlling mosquitoes is to eliminate any habitat in which they would thrive or be attracted to. While the city continues to treat limited common areas, the greatest preventive impact comes from measures taken by each property owner.
The most effective way to avoid any mosquito-borne illness is to take the following simple precautions around the home. Follow the "Five D's":
Drain standing water in your backyard and neighborhood; old tires, flowerpots and clogged rain gutters are mosquito-breeding sites. Change out pet water daily and keep swimming pools treated.
DEET - 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 light colored long sleeves and long pants when you are outside.
Dusk and Dawn is when infected mosquitoes are most active. Stay indoors or minimize outdoor activities.
Doors and windows should remain closed and screens kept in good repair to prevent mosquitoes from entering your home.
For more information regarding West Nile Virus and precautions, visit the Collin County Website.