City's Fight the Bite efforts
October 29, 2013
In 2012 North Texas suffered through one of its worst mosquito seasons. More than a nuisance, mosquitoes infected with West Nile virus sickened hundreds of people. One University Park resident died from the virus, and six others tested positive for the disease.
Mosquito season typically runs from May to October, with peak activity in August. For more than 20 years, University Park has conducted a systematic fogging program to reduce mosquito activity. This spring and summer the City's Park Department will again fog all streets and alleys by truck and apply product by hand on school campuses and water inlet areas.
November Truck Fogging Schedule
The City will continue to place traps in various locations and send mosquito samples to the lab for testing through mid-November. It will also fog parks, the interior of the Southern Methodist campus and HPISD campuses in its jurisdiction on these dates:
CITY Parks & SMU Campus (Beginning at 11 p.m. - Parks first)
- UP Elementary, Hyer, Middle/Intermediate, High School ( Beginning at 8 p.m.)
Fight the Bite Video
With the assistance of the City's Youth Advisory Commission, the City has produced a video that shows how you can Fight the Bite
on your property.
Here are steps you can take to help the City of University Park Fight the Bite
To control mosquito breeding:
Drain all areas of standing water.
Change water in wading pools, pet dishes and birdbaths several times a week.
Keep backyard pools clean.
Keep unnecessary plant growth cut back.
Cover trash can containers so they will not collect water.
Use automatic sprinkler systems wisely. Make sure systems are checked to avoid leaving standing water.
Clean or replace clogged roof gutters and downspouts.
To protect yourself and family members:
While outside during dawn and dusk hours wear long, loose and light-colored clothing.
Use insect repellents that contain DEET.
Contact the City of University Park about standing water locations:
If you notice yards or other landscaped areas with an abundance of mosquitoes, or spot areas of standing water:
Free property inspections & evaluation:
Dial 3-1-1 or
Call the Park Department at 214-987-5488
The City's Park Department personnel will inspect your property for free and provide residents with on-site advice on mosquito control. Call 214-987-5488 to arrange an inspection.
City providing free Mosquito Dunks
The City is now providing Mosquito Dunks (two to a pack) to University Park residents who stop by City Hall (Monday-Friday 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.). To receive the product you must show proof of residency (Driver license). City Hall is located at 3800 University Blvd. Mosquito dunks will be provided, one pack to each resident, until the supply is gone.
Mosquito Dunks look like a small, beige donut. They float in standing water. As the dunk slowly dissolves, it releases a bacterium which is toxic to all species of mosquito larvae. Dunks can be used in fish ponds, birdbaths, flower pots, rain barrels or any place where water collects and remains for a period of time. The dunks kill mosquito larvae before they grow to become biting and disease-spreading adults. The product is harmless to other living things. Each dunk is effective for a 30-day period.
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