On Aug. 23, Tyler Mosquito Control (TMC) sent routine samples to Austin of mosquitoes collected from areas located throughout the City of Tyler. Results were received on Aug. 29.

One result showed positive for West Nile virus in the sample batch of mosquitoes taken from the 3000 block of Terilinga Drive. TMC treated the target area on Aug. 24 and is conducting a door-to-door campaign to inform and educate residents in the area about the virus and preventative measures.

In the continual fight against mosquitoes in the Tyler area, TMC treats standing water with larvicide and insect growth regulator tablets and fogs. TMC will continue these treatment practices for the remainder of mosquito season.

“TMC conducts weekly identification and arboviral testing throughout the City,” said Chris Lennon, Code Enforcement manager. “With the data provided from those tests, TMC implements the appropriate preventative measures to help reduce the mosquito population within the City.”

All citizens are encouraged to remember the 4 Ds to optimize protection from mosquitoes:

Deet: use insect repellent while outdoors at all times to avoid being bitten by mosquitoes and other insects.
Dress: wear long, loose and light-colored clothing – including pants and long sleeves.
Drain: drain all standing water in and around the home and office.
Dusk and Dawn: limit outdoor activities during the dusk and dawn hours as mosquitoes are most active during those times.

Residents may report mosquito breeding grounds to Tyler Mosquito Control by calling (903) 535-0045.