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~ 1 week, 6 days ago   Sep 16 2020, 2:27pm 
Mosquito Control in the City of Katy
 
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Are mosquitoes keeping you from enjoying the outdoors? The Public Works Department has been busy with mosquito control operations and is spraying 4 times a week (Monday – Thursday) to make sure that each part of the City is covered. In an effort to control the mosquito population, the City of Katy provides mosquito spraying services. This service is generally provided from May through October of each year, with adjustments due to mosquito increases or inclement weather. Mosquito spraying is normally done once per week, Monday through Thursday. Each part of the City is covered once per week.
 
Fight the Bite:
www.cityofkaty.com/h ome/showdocument?id= 436
 
Help Control Mosquitoes that Spread Viruses:
www.cityofkaty.com/h ome/showdocument?id= 438
 
Help Control Mosquitoes that Spread Viruses (Spanish version):
www.cityofkaty.com/h ome/showdocument?id= 440
 
For questions regarding this service, email: [email protected]
 
To be more successful in controlling the mosquito population, the City of Katy needs your help:
 
• Dump standing water in/around your home that can breed mosquitoes, such as buckets, birdbaths and planters.
 
• Protect yourself by wearing an approved repellent such as DEET, picaridin, IR 3535, or oil of lemon-eucalyptus.
 
• Take matters into your own hands by protecting the areas of your property where the City’s spraying efforts might not reach with mosquito and bug repellent sprays.
 
What You Can do to Help
 
Mosquito larvae must live in still water for five or more days to complete their growth before changing into adult biting mosquitoes capable of transmitting disease. Often, the number of mosquitoes in an area can be reduced by removing sources of standing water around residences. For example, hundreds of mosquitoes can come from a single discarded tire.
 
Here are several examples of things you can do to help reduce the mosquito population and eliminate their breeding sites:
 
*Get rid of old tires, tin cans, buckets, drums, bottles or any water-holding containers.
 
*Fill in or drain any low places (puddles, ruts, etc.) in the yard. The draining and filling of wetlands for mosquito control is not an acceptable approach.
 
*Keep drains, ditches, and culverts free of weeds and trash so water will drain properly.
 
*Keep roof gutters free of leaves and other debris.
 
*Cover trash containers to keep out rainwater.
 
*Repair leaky pipes and outside faucets.
 
*Empty plastic wading pools at least once a week and store indoors when not in use.
 
*Unused swimming pools should be drained and kept dry during the mosquito season.
 
*Fill in tree rot holes and hollow stumps that hold water.
 
*Change the water in birdbaths and plant pots or drip trays at least once each week.
 
*Store boats covered or upside down, or remove rainwater weekly.
 
*Keep grass cut and shrubbery well-trimmed around the house so adult mosquitoes will not hide there.
 
*Make sure ornamental ponds have fish, which will eat mosquito larvae.
 
*Repair window screens.
 
*When outdoors in the evening or when mosquitoes are biting, use personal protection measures to prevent mosquito bites such as insect repellent and appropriate clothing.
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Fiona Active Indicator LED Icon
~ 1 week, 6 days ago   Sep 16 2020, 2:42pm 
I have seen the trucks spraying in our neighborhood. Just a word of caution if you have a family member that has respiratory issues. It is best to be indoors.
If you grow your own herbs at home, place some basil or peppermint, this wards off mosquitoes.
Thanks for sharing this info!!!
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sugu Active Indicator LED Icon
~ 1 week, 5 days ago   Sep 17 2020, 6:16pm 
Very good information 🙂
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Gerard Active Indicator LED Icon
~ 1 week, 4 days ago   Sep 18 2020, 11:08am 
I see a lot of dragon flies. They eat mosquitoes by the ton.
 
Dragonflies are natural predators for mosquitoes. In fact, they eat them at all stages of life. An individual dragonfly can eat hundreds of mosquitoes each day. Not only that, they can be quite beautiful and a joy to observe around the yard. You can encourage dragonflies to come to your yard in a few ways.Jul 30, 2019
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Gerard Active Indicator LED Icon
~ 1 week, 4 days ago   Sep 18 2020, 11:09am 
I see a lot of dragon flies. They eat mosquitoes by the ton.
 
Dragonflies are natural predators for mosquitoes. In fact, they eat them at all stages of life. An individual dragonfly can eat hundreds of mosquitoes each day. Not only that, they can be quite beautiful and a joy to observe around the yard. You can encourage dragonflies to come to your yard in a few ways.Jul 30, 2019
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Dollyo Active Indicator LED Icon New Member
~ 1 week, 4 days ago   Sep 18 2020, 11:15am 
@Fiona : The night of the meteor shower, I was out on my patio about 12:30AM. The sprayer truck came down my street. Not only is it LOUD, but the odor is very strong. I had to cover my mouth and nose. I finally had to go inside ( but I did see 5 meteors!!) Fiona is right. They do a great job, but stay inside when you hear them coming!
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~ 1 week, 4 days ago   Sep 18 2020, 11:16am 
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Fiona Active Indicator LED Icon
~ 1 week, 0 days ago   Sep 22 2020, 10:05am 
@Dollyo : Glad I am not the only one that notices that. Especially for the elderly or people and kids with asthma or other respiratory issues.
Not complaining about the job they do. It is great, just be aware when it comes your way. Don't worry, you will hear it coming.
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sugu Active Indicator LED Icon
~ 1 week, 0 days ago   Sep 22 2020, 10:21am 
@Gerard : i love seeing dragonflies my the yard -- eat those skeeters!
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