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Twice-a-week watering. Fight-the-Bite effort.

October 8, 2015

 

11-2-2015:  No mosquito fogging is anticipated this month.

University Park is one of the few communities in North Texas that conducts a scheduled city-wide fogging program. 
Mosquito season typically runs from May to October.  The City monitors the mosquito population through that time period. University Park’s fogging efforts follow accepted IPM (Integrated Pest Management) guidelines consisting of monitoring, trapping, larviciding and adulticiding.  To target mosquitoes during peak daily activity, protect beneficial insects and limit exposure for outdoor pets and residents who have sensitivities, fogging is conducted during the overnight hours.     

More than a nuisance, mosquitoes infected with West Nile virus have sickened hundreds of people in North Texas. The elderly and those with weakened immune systems are especially at risk.

To control mosquito breeding:

  • Don’t over irrigate.
  • 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.  
  • 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.
Residents are urged to report standing water locations to City staff.  Dial 3-1-1, or call the Parks and Recreation Department at 214-987-5488.  Residents can also call to arrange for a free property inspection and onsite advice on how to control mosquitoes.




Watering by automatic sprinkler systems is limited to twice a week, year-round in University Park. 

  • The City continues to prohibit the use of automatic watering systems from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily.  That limitation runs from April 1 to October 31. 
Consistent with ordinances in many other area communities, outdoor watering days are determined by
street address. 


 
  • Even - Residents with addresses ending in an even number can use automatic sprinklers on Sundays and Thursdays.
  • Odd - Addresses ending in an odd number  can use automatic sprinklers on Saturdays and Wednesdays.
  • Multi-family addresses and office buildings will water using their lowest street address number.
Residents can water at any time of the day or night, and on any day of the week, with a hand-held hose, a drip irrigation device, soaker hose or watering can.

When a Code Enforcement  officer sees a watering violation, the homeowner is notified and asked to comply.  Addresses that continue to be in violation will be mailed a formal notice.  After that, a Municipal Court citation will be issued. 

For more information on the City’s twice-a-week watering ordinance and watering tip, click here.


Conserve | Preserve yard signs available now!

Pick up a water conservation sign to display in your yard. Just visit City Hall, the Peek Service Center or UP Public Library during weekday business hours. The signs are free.  One per household.  You will be asked to show ID.  Please remember that City ordinance prohibits placing signs in parkway areas, between the sidewalk and curb.