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Fight the Bite!

The Garland Health Department is conducting weekly surveillance for mosquitoes that carry West Nile Virus (WNV) and Zika Virus. West Nile Virus disease is spread to humans through the bite of an infected Culex species mosquito. Common symptoms include high fever, severe headache, and stiff neck. Contact your health care provider immediately if you are concerned that you might have WNV.

Zika Virus disease is spread to humans through the bite of an infected Aedes species mosquito. Common symptoms include fever, rash, joint pain, and conjunctivitis. If you have travelled to a country with active Zika transmission within the past 28 days, are exhibiting symptoms or are pregnant, contact your health care provider immediately.

Remember to protect yourself as a first step to the prevention of mosquito-borne diseases.

Tips to Fight the Bite

  • DRAIN standing water around the house; it’s where mosquitoes lay eggs! This includes: tires, cans, flowerpots, clogged rain gutters, rain barrels, toys, and puddles.
  • DUSK & DAWN are when mosquitoes are most active, so limit outdoor activities or take precautions to prevent mosquito bites.
  • DEET all day, every day. Whenever you are outside, use insect repellents that contain DEET or other EPA-approved repellents and follow label instructions.
  • DRESS in long, loose, and light-colored clothing when outside.

To report standing water issues, stagnant swimming pools, high mosquito activity or dead birds, call the Garland Health Department Mosquito Hotline at 972-205-3720 or submit information through the Garland eAssist app.

Click here to learn more about Garland eAssist.