PALESTINE — As spring turns into summer, the City of Palestine's Development Services Department and the Texas Department of State Health Services (TDSHS) is offering tips to make outdoor experiences enjoyable and to reduce exposure to mosquitoes and mosquito born-illnesses such as West Nile illness.
“The city is doing everything we can to address the mosquito nuisance season,” Development Services Director Jeffery Lyons said. “With limited resources, we are encouraging the citizens to assist us with the prevention and control of mosquitoes.
“Control is a community-based effort, and we want everyone to be able to enjoy outdoor activities.”
The city has begun spraying for mosquitoes after sunset around areas of town where historically there have been concentrations of mosquitoes. The city also will spray for mosquitoes based on feedback from citizens received via phone or email.
The spraying program is part of the City of Palestine’s public safety and wellness efforts. Residents are encouraged to join in that effort by taking the following steps on their private property to help reduce mosquito breeding areas and exposure to mosquitoes.
• Drain standing water on your property. Check all rain gutters to ensure water is not trapped and can flow freely onto the ground. Empty all flower pots, water dishes and any other item that can hold water. Water in bird baths should be changed every three to four days. Any area on your property where there is standing water has a potential to breed mosquitoes.
• Ensure your yard is mowed on a regular basis. Tall grass invites mosquito breeding.
• If possible, stay indoors at dusk through dawn as this is the time of day when mosquitoes are most active.
• Check screens around windows and doors to ensure mosquitoes cannot enter inside.
• Dress in long sleeves/pants, loose and light-colored clothing when outdoors.