Dallas, Texas

Code Compliance
Mosquito Control

The Mosquito Control Program works to prevent the spread of mosquito-transmitted diseases, such as encephalitis, to the public. Information concerning the control of a variety of pests, including rats, roaches, and other insects, is also available from this office.

Mosquito Swatter: Eliminate Standing Water

Read the brochure - Stop! Raising Mosquitoes In Your Yard & Home
(En Español)

"Fight the Buzz" City of Dallas Mosquito Public Service Announcement
(En español)

Remember the Four Ds:
DRAIN
standing water in your yard and neighborhood. Standing water can be found in swimming pools that are not kept clean, ponds, pet watering dishes, birdbaths, potted plants, old tires, empty containers, toys and clogged rain gutters.

DUSK/DAWN are the times of day you should stay indoors when mosquitoes are most active.

DRESS in long-sleeved shirts and wear pants when you are outside. Spray thin clothing with insect repellent.

DEET (N, N-diethyl-m-toluamide) is an ingredient to look for in your insect repellent (or use an organic alternative such as orange spray, eucalyptus, or citronella).

What the City is doing

  • Around 800 trappings and collections of mosquitoes annually
  • Tracking reports of equine (horses), other animals, and human cases as provided by Texas Department of State Health Services and Dallas County Health Department
  • Monitoring known breeding sites and applying larvicide
    Checking identified locations from citizen complaints; applying larvicide if needed
  • Enforcing City codes standing water problems
  • Stocking Gambusia (minnows that eat mosquito larva) in standing water that cannot be emptied
  • Treating storm drains in areas identified by collections from surveillance

Call 3-1-1 to report:

  • Standing water in ditches, vacant lots or on
    neighborhood property
  • Dead blue jays, cardinals, doves, owls and hawks

Mosquito Control / West Nile updates
For the latest information about the City´s mosquito control efforts:

  • Bookmark this Website and check the Updates page daily
  • Call the Mosquito Control Hotline, 214-670-1733
  • Read and/or watch your local newscasts

Mosquito Control and West Nile Virus video

  • Available for checkout from all Dallas libraries
  • Available for checkout from the City's Environmental and Health Services Department for groups only. Call 3-1-1 or input your request on the City's homepage at dallascityhall.com at 311/Request a City Service.

Other Resources

About West Nile Virus and its spread in the United States
Questions and answers about West Nile Virus from Center for Disease Control (CDC)
EPA's information about mosquito repellants and control pesticides
West Nile Virus information, including statewide map of cases, from the Texas Department of State Health Services
National Pesticide Information Center's West Nile Virus page
American Mosquito Control Association
MosquitoZone.com
List of species found to be infected with West Nile Virus (Microsoft Word document)
List of bird species known to have died from West Nile Virus


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