Mosquito Monitoring

Haltom City Public Works, within the division of Environmental Services, manages a mosquito virus surveillance control and abatement program each year in cooperation with the Tarrant County Public Health Department. The program's strategy is to reduce the mosquito larvae numbers through public education, surveillance, source elimination, and biological control.

Public education is an important aspect of the mosquito abatement program. Household items that hold water, such as tires, flower pots, buckets, wheelbarrows, pet dishes, rain gutters, decorative bird baths, and swimming pools are the cause of most of the mosquito issues in a neighborhood.

The City of Haltom City is dedicated in helping the residents identify areas around the household that could be cause of a mosquito issue.

Mosquito LarvaeThe Texas Department of State Health Services recommends practicing the "Four D's" to help keep family and friends safe from mosquito bites:

  • Dusk/Dawn: Stay indoors during dawn and dusk, when mosquitos are most active
  • DEET: Use an insect repellent containing DEET
  • Dress: Wear long sleeves and pants when outside to protect skin against bites
  • Drain: Remove all standing water outside your home or business.

Ways to protect yourself when you are outdoors include:

  • Apply insect repellent to exposed skin whenever you plan to be outdoors during mosquito season. Repellents are formulated and sold as aerosols, creams, solids (sticks) and liquids, and their protection may generally be expected up to last six hours following application. The more active ingredient a repellent contains, the longer it can protect you from mosquito bites. A higher percentage of the active ingredient in a repellent does not mean that the protection is better, just that it will last longer.
  • Keep repellents away from eyes, nostrils and lips.
  • Because repellents may irritate the eyes and mouth, avoid applying repellent to the hands of children.
  • Spray clothing with repellents containing permethrin or another EPA-registered repellent since mosquitos may bite through thin clothing.
  • Do not apply repellents containing permethrin directly to exposed skin.
  • Place mosquito netting over infant carriers when you are outdoors.

Please note: Vitamin B and "ultrasonic" devices are not effective in preventing mosquito bites.

Eliminate Mosquito Breeding Environments

Mosquito control is everyone's responsibility, and effective mosquito control starts with proactive measures at home. The most effective way to control mosquito populations is to find and eliminate their breeding sites.

Tips to prevent mosquito breeding on your property:

  • Dispose of tin cans, old tires, buckets, unused plastic swimming pools or other containers that collect and hold water.
  • Cover trash containers to keep out rainwater and drill holes in the bottom of any garbage or recycling containers stored outdoors.
  • Do not allow water to accumulate for more than two days at the base of flowerpots or in pet dishes.
  • Stock ornamental pools with top feeding predacious Gambusia minnows. Known as "mosquito fish," these minnows are about 1 to 1.5 inches in length and feed on mosquito larvae.
  • Clean debris from rain gutters and remove any standing water under or around structures, or on flat roofs.
  • Check around faucets and air conditioner units and repair leaks.
  • Change water in birdbaths and wading pools at least once a week.
  • Keep windows, doors and porches tightly screened to keep mosquitos out.
  • Fill or drain puddles, ditches and swampy areas, and either remove, drain or fill tree holes and stumps with mortar.
  • Cut down weeds adjacent to the house foundation and mow the lawn regularly to eliminate the places adult mosquitos prefer to rest.
  • Eliminate seepage from cisterns, cesspools and septic tanks.
  • Eliminate standing water around animal watering troughs.
  • Irrigate lawns and gardens carefully to prevent water from standing for several days.
  • Citronella products have been reported to combat mosquitos in confined areas.
  • Consider use of "mosquito dunks," or "Natular DT" biological larvicide treatments to be used in water sources that may foster the breeding of mosquitos. These larvicides prevent larvae from hatching if the label directions are followed, so be sure to read the section on application rates.

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Code Violations

It is a violation of the city ordinances to keep or maintain items on any property which contain standing water that is conducive to the breeding of mosquitoes. Reported violations are investigated and immediate abatement is required in the event of a confirmed violation. If the violation is not abated as requested, the property owner may be subject to further code enforcement action, including issuance of fines.

To report suspected mosquito breeding sites in Haltom City, please call 817-834-9036 between 8 am and 4:30 pm Monday through Friday, or contact the city's Environmental Services Manager at 817-840-3572 through this online form.

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