Surveillance and Spraying
The Woodlands Township and Montgomery Precinct 3 conduct trapping and surveillance of mosquitoes for disease. Late spring flooding results in high numbers of flood plain mosquitoes that are active during the day and do not carry disease. Their numbers are not impacted by night time spraying.
The Woodlands Township provides surveillance and public education, but does not apply biological controls or chemical treatments. Harris County Mosquito Control District and the Precincts in Montgomery County apply biological controls and/or chemical treatments according to their respective program protocols.
Integrated Mosquito Management Program
The step-by-step approach endorsed by Centers for Disease Control, Texas Department of State Health Services and Texas Mosquito Control Association employs:
Surveillance by sampling—trapping and testing mosquitoes for disease.
Reduction of mosquito breeding sites.
Chemical treatment when disease is present
Public education to advise of personal protective measures.
What You Can Do Mosquito control must be a shared responsibility in order for abatement to be successful. Mosquitoes do not fly far from their breeding sites so simple actions taken around your home will do much to reduce their numbers and keep your family safe.
Regularly drain items that hold standing water including buckets, tarps, tires, plant pots, clogged gutters, birdbaths, trash and debris, toys, etc.
Do not over water your lawn. Lawns in our region require no more than one inch of water per week, including rainfall. Over watering creates breeding sites in low areas and in nearby storm drains.
Keep grass clippings, leaves and yard debris off the street and out of storm drains.
Properly maintain pools, spas and pumps.
Avoid being outside between dusk and dawn when disease-carrying mosquitoes are most active.
Use repellent. DEET, picaridin, IR3535, and some oil of lemon eucalyptus and para-menthane-diol products provide longer-lasting protection. Follow label instructions to optimize safety and effectiveness.
Wear long, loose, light-colored clothing.
Use floor fans to keep air moving across porches, decks, and gazebos.
Repair leaky butane and propane tanks on gas grills.