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Testing has begun for Little Elm. This week's test did not have any positive samples.
West Nile Virus Testing in Little Elm has started its weekly testing of mosquitoes for the West Nile Virus. We are pleased to report that this week’s test did not bring back any positive samples.
However, it is that time of year when we begin to see increased activity. You can reduce the number of mosquitoes around your home and neighborhood by eliminating places where they lay their eggs. Here are some simple steps you can take:
• Dispose of tin cans, plastic containers, ceramic pots, or similar water-holding containers that have accumulated on your property. Don’t overlook containers that have become overgrown by vegetation.
• Clean up any solid waste and scrap tires on your property. Stagnant water in discarded tires is an ideal site for mosquitoes to breed.
• Turn over plastic wading pools and wheelbarrows when not in use.
• Clean birdbaths weekly.
• Drill holes in the bottom of recycling containers left outdoors and in tires used for swings, barriers, running exercises, etc., so they won’t hold water.
• Clean clogged roof gutters every year. Roof gutters can produce millions of mosquitoes each season.
• Aerate ornamental pools or stock them with fish. Water gardens become mosquito producers if they are allowed to stagnate. Clean and chlorinate swimming pools that are not being used. Mosquitoes can even breed in the water that collects on swimming pool and hot tub covers.
• Use landscaping to eliminate standing water that collects on your property. Mosquitoes will develop in any puddle that last for more than four days.
• Children’s toys and tarps covering wood, cars, boats, and other equipment can also hold water and breed disease-carrying mosquitoes.For more information, they Town’s adopted Mosquito Management and Response Plan can be found online.